Monday, March 9, 2009

St. Patrick and the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture

Saint Patrick - A posting for the 12th Edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture.

St. Patrick was not Irish. The patron saint of Ireland was born somewhere in the British Isles between 385-460 A.D. His confession provides us with most of his personal information. Of course, this information or confession was given when St. Patrick was elderly.

Raiders came across the Irish Sea to Britain. They abducted and enslaved the sixteen year old. Because he had broken the Commandments, he believed God was punishing him. St. Patrick began to pray to God. After six years in captivity, St. Patrick states that he had a vision of fleeing to a nearby ship which he quickly did. This ship brought him to western Europe where he began to study and continued to pray.

St. Patrick decided to return to Ireland to save and convert the Irish people from their paganistic ways.

Paganism was a central part of life for the Irish people. Like other cultures around the world, the Irish had rituals for different seasons, many gods, sacrifices and lived in close-knit clan communities.

St. Patrick began his missionary work teaching the Irish about the bible, the holy trinity and the importance of literacy. Most of the Irish were illiterate at this time. Reading and writing became very important to the Irish.

All of Ireland mourned when St. Patrick passed away. His body was prayed over for twelve days and is believed to be buried near the River Quoile in Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Ireland has always loved St. Patrick because of the love he showed them. Most Irish families have a great many relatives named after this great saint born out of their faith which St. Patrick taught them.

Colleen Degnan Johnson

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I'm visiting from the parade. I had never heard about his death or burial before. Very interesting!