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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Some Cool Facts....

Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 9:38 AM

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Maewyn Succat
In 387 AD Maewyn Succat, later called St. Patrick, was born at Banna Venta Berniae in Wales, he was the son to a deacon and his grandfather, Potitus was a Priest.

When Maewyn was 16, hoards of Irish raiders, called Brythonic Warriors, came to his village and made slaves of the young and able.

He was recruited to be a shepherd and keeper of flocks of animals, to King Ceretic of Alt Clut

As time grew along, he would pray for release, and God told him he would find a way back to his village. He eventually broke free, and returned to his village when he was around 22.

Maewyn felt the call of God to go back to Ireland and preach the gospel to the druids of that day.

The Druids even prophesied about Maewyn coming to them:

Across the sea will come Adze-head, crazed in the head,

his cloak with a hole for the head, his staff bent at the head.

He will chant impieties from a table in front of his house,

And the people will answer: "so be it, so be it."

There are many legends about St.Patrick, one is he taught of the Trinity by using the 3 leaf clover.

Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Patrick passed away in 461 AD, after leading many to Christ among whom it is rumored the King,

Ceretic of Alt Clut the one who raided his village, came to Christ though Maewyn.

I will leave you with a prayer by St. Patrick, part of the prayer called St. Patrick's Breastplate.

I bind unto myself today

The strong Name of the Trinity,

by invocation of the same,

The Three in One and One in Three.

Christ be with Me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in the mouth of the friend and stranger

Be blessed today, Happy St. Patrick's Day.


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You think of St. Patrick as being as Irish as they come, but he wasn't even born in Ireland! I've always thought that was funny!

-- Posted by welkin61 on Tue, Mar 17, 2009, at 10:22 AM

I see why they changed him to Patrick. Happy St. Maewyn Succat does not have the same ring to it.

Nice info, thanks.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Mar 17, 2009, at 10:42 AM

I'm curious as to your reference on this.

-- Posted by honda14 on Tue, Mar 17, 2009, at 12:18 PM

honda14, go to the catholic websites, go to referance books, go to Wikipeadia.

Here are some more referances.

Happy reading! I love history...

Brown, Peter, The Rise of Western Christianity. 2nd ed. Blackwell, Oxford, 2003. ISBN 0-631-22138-7

Byrne, Francis J., Irish Kings and High-Kings. Batsford, London, 1973. ISBN 0-7134-5882-8

Dark, Ken, Britain and the end of the Roman Empire. Tempus, Stroud, 2000. ISBN 0-7524-2532-3

De Paor, Liam, Saint Patrick's World: The Christian Culture of Ireland's Apostolic Age. Four Courts, Dublin, 1993. ISBN 1-85182-144-9

Duffy, Seán (ed.), Atlas of Irish History. Gill and Macmillan, Dublin, 1997. ISBN 0-7171-3093-2

Dumville, David, "The Death date of St. Patrick" in David Howlett (ed.), The Book of Letters of Saint Patrick the Bishop. Four Courts Press, Dublin, 1994. ISBN 1-85182-136-8

Fletcher, Richard, The Conversion of Europe: From Paganism to Christianity 371--1386 AD. Harper Collins, London, 1997. ISBN 0-00-686302-7

Hughes, Kathleen, Early Christian Ireland: Introduction to the Sources. Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1972. ISBN 0-340-16145-0

Moran, Patrick Francis Cardinal (1913). "St. Patrick". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Catholic_E....

MacQuarrie, Alan, The Saints of Scotland: Essays in Scottish Church History AD 450--1093. John Donald, Edinburgh, 1997. ISBN 0-85976-446-X

" Cr--in'n, Dáibh', Early Medieval Ireland: 400--1200. Longman, London, 1995. ISBN 0-582-01565-0

O'Loughlin, Thomas, "Saint Patrick: The Man and his Works" S.P.C.K., London, 1999.

O'Rahilly, Thomas F., The Two Patricks: A Lecture on the History of Christianity in Fifth-Century Ireland. Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin, 1942.

Stancliffe, Claire (2004). ""Patrick (fl. 5th cent.)"". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/21.... Retrieved on 2007-02-17.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Tue, Mar 17, 2009, at 1:07 PM

Thanks. I had googled the history of St. Patricks day and it gave another story. There were similarities, but the dates and locations were different.

-- Posted by honda14 on Tue, Mar 17, 2009, at 2:04 PM

I heard yesterday that the political correct people are wanting to change St. Patricks Day to Shamrock Day, but after they hear he used the shamrock (which is a 3 leaf white clover) to teach people about the Trinity, they won't want to use that either.

-- Posted by bellbuckletn on Wed, Mar 18, 2009, at 9:12 AM

Political correctness is supposed to be about common sense and sensitivity to others' feelings.

We need to be careful that we don't trivialize the concept so much that we'd prefer being rude and thoughtless to being "correct" in any fashion.

The atrocities that have occured between the orange and the green have also been given as reasons to downplay or erase St. Patrick's Day.

If that should occur,then evil wins.

Not only would Ireland lose a day of celebrating the good in its heritage but we'd all forfeit a reminder that a person can overcome terrible circumstances and even be reconciled with those who have brought him grief.

We still have use for a day that reminds us that one person acting out of love can have more power than a nation if it's based on oppression.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Mar 19, 2009, at 3:34 PM


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