Legends and Lore of St. Patrick
Let's be honest. People did not write much back in 400 AD. And if they did write something, the chance that it was preserved is slight. So there is much myth surronding the man who became known as St. Patrick. Some of Patrick's writings did survive, but there are no dates mentioned.
Patrick was born in England or Scotland during the end of the 5th century. He was kidnapped as a youth and taken to Ireland as a slave. His father was a deacon, his grandfather a priest. He wrote that he prayed daily during the six years he was held captive. He had a vision and escaped to return home, later to become ordained as a bishop in the Catholic Church.
He soon had a second vision, calling him to return to Ireland and convert the pagans. For about 20 years he pursued his quest, establishing monasteries, churches and schools , becoming a popular hero of the Irish.
Pious legend credits St. Patrick with banishing snakes from the island, chasing them into the sea after they assailed him during a 40-day fast he was undertaking. Evidence suggests that Ireland never had snakes after the Ice Age. So far, no serpent has successfully migrated across the open ocean to a new terrestrial home such as from Scotland on the neighboring island of Britain, where a few native species have lived. One interpretation of this myth is the snakes represent the Druids that Patrick was converting during his mission.
Legends also credit St. Patrick with teaching the Irish about the the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, it's three lobes representing the Christian teaching of 'three divine persons in the one God.' For this reason, shamrocks have definitely become a central symbol for St Patrick’s Day.
It is thought that Patrick died in AD 461 on March 17, a date accepted by some modern historians.
This day has become a holy day in Ireland, and a day to celebrate the Irish elsewhere.
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