Monday, 17 March 2008
We are celebrating are patron Saint on the sly this year because of Holy Week! But we are wasting no time spreading the life of St Patrick to those in Soho, showing that there is more to his feast day than drinking!
St Patrick was born in Scotland in the year 387. At the age of 14, Patrick was carried off into captivity by Irish marauders and was sold as a slave. During his captivity, while tending the flocks, he prayed many times throughout the day: "The love of God and His fear increased in me more and more, and the faith grew in me, and the spirit was roused, so that in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers, and in the night nearly the same, so that whilst in the woods and on the mountain, even before the dawn, I was roused to prayer and felt no hurt from it."
After escaping from his master in Ireland, Patrick went back to Britain and pursued a Christian lifestyle. He became a priest and after many years of study, he became a bishop and returned to Ireland and began teaching the Christian faith there.
It is said that St Patrick, when teaching the faith to the Irish, picked a shamrock and explained the unity of the three persons of the Trinity with it. He travelled throughout the country teaching, building churches and performing many miracles. He is now patron saint of Ireland.
St Patrick, pray for us!
Posted by Teresa at 11:18 am