Today people will wear green, seek pots of gold, lay claim on tiny slivers of Celtic heritage and crowd “Irish” bars all over the city to toast Guinness with friends and strangers. It is a jolly ole time! But behind all this tomfoolery (patrickfoolery?), is an actual man, Saint Patrick, bishop and apostle to Ireland in the fifth century.
In Patrick’s youth, raiders captured him in Britain and took him to Ireland as a slave. There he tended his master’s flocks, learned the local language and prayed day and night. He escaped after six years and later returned to Ireland as a missionary. He is credited with establishing Christianity in Ireland and is now its patron saint.
Here our tiny Saint Patrick uses the shamrock to explain the doctrine of the trinity.
He offers you his blessing.