Thursday, March 17, 2016

When Patrick was sixteen, he was captured and brought to Ireland as a slave. 

He tended sheep and pigs Slemish Mountain in County Antrim. Patrick prayed often and found a deep Christian faith. After six years, he escaped and went back to his family. Patrick then followed his Christian faith and went to France where he studied for the priesthood. He was ordained a priest and within a few years, a bishop. Patrick chose to return to Ireland as a Christian missionary. His remains are believed to be buried in the grounds of Down Cathedral, Downpatrick. A granite stone was laid to mark the grave in 1900.

March 17th was the day that Saint Patrick took the “cold stone” out of the water – in other words the day on which winter could be said to be truly over and the sowing of crops could begin. 

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

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