St. Patrick Was a Scot

Like most epically wonderful things, St. Patrick was born in what we now refer to as Scotland in 387 A.D. Then, Scotland would have been known as Caledonia or Alba.

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Patrick was taken when he was about 16 from his family estate by Irish pirates who took him to Ireland as a slave. He was put to work as a shepherd until he escaped 6 years later. It was during that time of isolation when he was said to have been visited by the voice of God.

Patrick spent the 15 years after his escape studying Christianity. He returned to Ireland as a priest, charged with tending the flock of Christians already in Ireland and converting those who practiced the native Irish earth-based religion.

Patrick is credited with incorporating and melding elements of that earth-based religion with Christianity. Recognizing the powerful symbol of the sun for native Irish people, he adopted that image, placed it on top of the Christian cross, and created what is known today as the “Celtic Cross”.imagesF4MPIOEP

Patrick was a vital missionary in Ireland for the next 40 years.

We celebrate the anniversary of his death on March 17, 460 A.D. as, “ST. PATRICK’S DAY”.

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I’ll be spending mine in Toronto listening to the Irish rebel band, The Wolfe Tones, as I’ve done with my loved ones every year about this time, in celebration of all wonders of the CELTIC SOUL. St. Patrick~That wonderful Scot~had much to do with that.

Happy St.Patrick’s Day! May your Blessings by Many and your troubles be Few.

Slainte!

Leigh

 

13 thoughts on “St. Patrick Was a Scot

    • Hope you have some near you, J.Michele! We’ve got some great one’s in WI—Milwaukee is also home to the largest Celtic festival in the world, IRISH FEST. It’s not just Irish, it’s Scottish, Cape Breton and Welsh as well. It’s always the third weekend in August at the Summer Fest grounds on the lake. Perfect way to get your Celtic on!

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      • Yup! Chicagoland certainly isn’t lacking in the Irish Pub department. I come from a line of Morgan’s and Martin’s. Scottish/Irish is in my blood. I’ll have to get Hubby to plan a trip north with me. Irish Fest sounds too awesome to pass up! 🙂

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    • Patrick has an interesting history. The slaver part is rarely spoken of. I didn’t know about it until adulthood—not something widely taught in Catholic school!

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      • I’ll have to look up the 4 leaf clover, but I’ll give it my own spin…..how about the 4 cardinal directions? Or, I like this one, the elements of the Trinity adding the one who finds it, as vital element in the mix? I don’t know the answer, E., but I’m Googling….. Grin.

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    • Shamrocks or clover which was more prevalent, was used as a symbol of the trinity in Christianity. Three was also a number important to Druids and other nature based religions in Ireland—the Trisklee is also emblematic of the number 3—think New Grange stone carvings. Many Celtic knots also have three triangle-like shapes to them.

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