Every March 17th those of Irish heritage, and those who are “Irish-at-heart, “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, special foods and the wearing o’ the green. Remember a special someone with a St. Patrick’s Day card. These beautiful Abbey Irish Petite Notes with magnificent nature photography and Gaelic words on the covers are blank inside for your original wee note.
Tag: St. Patrick’s Day
In America, St Patrick’s Day is all about Ireland. On St Patrick’s Day revelers wear green, attend parades or eat green eggs, and announce loyalty to Ireland. But, the holiday is really a holy feast day devoted to the memory of the man who first brought the message of Christianity to the shores of Ireland. St Patrick died on March 17th and that is why the holiday is celebrated on that date.
What you may not know about St Patrick
St Patrick’s day images abound but people often know very little about this missionary priest. Here are just a few surprising facts:
1. Patrick was not Irish. Patrick was born a Roman Briton, meaning he was English.
2. Patrick was not interested in Christianity as a youth. Six years of slavery in Ireland were needed to wake up his spiritual attention and develop his relationship with God.
3. Patrick was not born with that name. He was born Mawyn Succat. Patrick was the name given him when he entered the priesthood.
4. Patrick used a three-leafed clover (shamrock) to help people understand the Holy Trinity as three-in-one. The three leaves stand for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but are one plant growing from a single stem.
5. Patrick is credited with creating the Celtic cross. Ireland was a land steeped in worship of nature and spirits when Patrick arrived. Patrick placed a sun behind the cross to help the Irish understand Christ as supreme over all.
Explaining St Patrick’s Day images to children
It is important and fun to help children understand the roots of holidays. Secular St Patrick’s day images may blur the true meaning of this day, so use ideas such as those found in this article to help children understand the history and meaning of St. Patrick’s Day.
Since the holiday commemorates the bringing of the gospel to Ireland, why not make an Irish dinner? Food is a great way to communicate other cultures. After dinner, tell the story of St Patrick – his slavery, his awareness of God, his willingness to return to the land of his former slavery so that people could hear the message of salvation. Tell the children that the Irish also had trouble understanding the gospel at first, so Patrick found ways to help them. Have children color a three-leaf clover and do what Patrick did, explain the Trinity.
St Patrick shared his faith, and so can you
St Patrick returned to a land where he had been enslaved so that people trapped in superstition and paganism could know the truth. He used words and he used practical tools to help his listeners understand his message. The Printery House has a complete selection of cards with St Patrick’s day images and messages. The Printery House also offers religious greeting cards and items with the Celtic cross and gifts with words of Irish blessing. Learn more today about these unique Christian greeting cards and gifts offered by the monks of Conception Abbey, tucked in the rolling green hills of Northwest Missouri.
St Patrick’s Day is a whimsical holiday best known in America as a day for smiling leprechauns, wearing green, eating corned beef, and decorating with shamrocks. Many enjoy pretending to be Irish on this day, sending a few St. Patrick’s Day cards or at least celebrating all things Irish. But few may pause to think about how these symbols relate to a holiday named for Ireland’s most important saint.
St Patrick’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day cards are loaded with religious imagery, from the three-leafed shamrocks which represent the Holy Trinity to the green which stands not only for the Emerald Isle, but also for new life in Christ. Even legends of St Patrick, such as the one which says he drove all the snakes out of Ireland, are most likely references to the power of the gospel Patrick carried to drive sin out of men’s hearts. The Celtic cross is another contribution of Patrick to Irish culture. It was St Patrick who combined the pagan Irish honor for the sun with the symbol of Christianity to create a uniquely Irish icon of salvation.
The Story of St. Patrick
St. Patrick was born into a 5th century English family but through much hardship and earnest seeking after God was himself transformed into a missionary to the Irish. Although Patrick had a religious heritage, just like many modern teens he neither thought through nor embraced the faith of his family when he was an adolescent. That cavalier attitude toward the things of God changed dramatically when young Patrick was captured by raiders and made a slave in Ireland for six long years. Patrick spent those years shepherding for an Irish chieftain but he also spent them crying out to God in prayer and fasting.
It was in the chains of slavery that Patrick encountered the God of his fathers and learned to hear His voice. One day that voice assured him that his years of slavery were at an end and, confident in God’s message, Patrick walked a couple of hundred miles to the sea where, after more prayer, Patrick was granted berth for England. Now, safe in the bosom of his English family once again, Patrick decided to devote his life to the God who had met him and rescued him. He entered school and prepared for the priesthood.
But God had more to say to Patrick, and through a heavenly dream Patrick felt certain God was calling him to take the gospel back to Ireland. A CBN article described the Ireland to which Patrick returned. It was not only a land of personal ghosts for Patrick, but it was a land filled with superstition and druid practices. To a people enmeshed in tribal skirmishes, nature worship and dark fears, Patrick brought news of the One true God, a God of love and peace, a God who sacrificed personally to prove His love. Patrick’s message along with his own powerful testimony won the hearts and minds of Irishmen and women to Christ.
St Patrick is credited with establishing 300 churches during his 29 years of ministry. There are other works attributed to St Patrick, such as driving the snakes out of Ireland, but these are largely myth and legend. Put simply, Patrick’s gospel ministry transformed a nation, and its legacy is represented today in popular Celtic cross designs and Irish family wall cross designs.
Share the Spirit of St. Patrick with religious St. Patrick’s Day cards
This St. Patrick’s Day the monks at Conception Abbey invite you to celebrate the true message of St. Patrick by sending friends and loved ones a religious greeting card. The Printery House offers a variety of St Patrick’s Day cards which convey the spirit of Patrick’s ministry. Words of blessing, wisdom and prayer can help you cheerfully convey your good wishes for friends and loved ones and just might shine a light into someone’s heart.