Today is St. Patrick’s Day. A day of wearing green, shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold and rainbows… or is it? What is the true meaning behind March 17th actually?
According to Wikipedia :”Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick“), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick ( c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.” It was celebrated by the church in honor of his blessings he showed to the pagan people. Saint Patrick (387-461 AD) was an English (or perhaps Scottish) missionary to Ireland. Scholars agree that he is a historical figure and that he converted many of the pagans on the island to Christianity. According to Christian legend, St. Patrick used the three-leafed(not four-leaf) clover to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity to his pagan audience in Ireland.
St.Patrick was not lucky to convert those people to Christianity, he was blessed to.
” Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”James 1:17 (NIV)
Have a Blessed St. Patrick’s Day!