Beau March 17th, 2007
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
St. Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland. He was not Irish by birth but his efforts have made him a rich part of Irish heritage, mostly through service across Ireland during the 5th century. He adopted the Christian name of Patrick, and was eventually appointed as second bishop to Ireland. He traveled throughout the country, establishing monasteries and setting up schools and churches to help him in his conversion of the Irish peoples to Christianity.
One of the Irish traditions is the shamrock. This originates from Irish legend in which Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all be separate elements of the same God. His followers began the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since. Some historians indicate that the St. Patrick’s Day custom came to America in 1737- the first year St. Patrick’s Day was publicly celebrated in this country, in Boston.