Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick is famously known as the Patron saint of Ireland. The advent of this man to the earth is regarded as having come to Christianize a large number of pagans. From his early hood, he got kidnapped and made to settle in Ireland where pagan tradition was on full swings. The pagan tradition takes its roots from the Greek culture. Before the Romans thrived in Europe the Greek art and culture was at its full swing and so came Ireland and other north European countries in its influence. When it came to St. Patrick who was leading a life of slavery in Ireland and whose faith in God Almighty had firmly established during the course of those years, he came forward to the scene and wrote,

I have been nurturing the fear and faith in God in me on and on so much so that my soul underwent a spiritual uplift to the extent that I could say hundreds of prayers at a stretch in one day and the same deal was extended throughout the night . . . I prayed in woods, in mountain . . . at times at dead ends of nights before the dawn could unfold . . I have been able to attain mystics of such a high proportions that I would feel indifferent to snow or ice whatever in the atmosphere around won’t interfere with my communion with God. .’

St Patricks Day Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

At length St. Patrick was able to get rid of the stronghold of his slavery some how and escaped back to his native country. In the coming years he was to become a lord who would set up a number of monasteries and hold sermons there. Time once again brings him to Ireland, but this time at his own in an influential position. As said earlier, Ireland was following pagan tradition those days. In the pagan mythology snake assumes a godly (deity) status. Before this second coming of the saint to Ireland, a great majority used to rear snakes and pythons as an expression of adherence to religious symbolism. It was the effect of the teachings of St. Patrick that the flocks of people gathered around him went in a trance like submission and who would readily abandon their pagan way of life.

The influence of his preaching became evident when Ireland showed no trace of snakes, catered earlier for performing religious rites. Even in art and literature the saint is depicted as having called all the snakes from their crevices and driven them out of the land — the act is perhaps symbolic itself for it marks the disappearance of paganism from the region under the blessings of St. Patrick. St. Patrick preached ideals of Christianity to the people of Ireland and is said to have carried them to light from out of the abyss of utter darkness. This achievement puts him at a position of patron of Ireland, hence formally regarded as the patron saint of Ireland. He introduced Shamrock, a tri-leave clover to symbolize three fundamental tenets of Christianity, viz. the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. His feast day falls on 17th March every year in commemoration of the divine reformatory services he rendered for the people of Ireland. He died in 461 AD.

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