St.Patrick, Maeywan Succat the Irish Patron Saint

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Saint. Patrick

Saint Patrick is Ireland’s patron saint. Who exactly was saint Patrick? I thought I might go ahead and find out some more about this patron saint who I seem to like celebrating along with Ireland and the rest of the Diaspora where the Irish have ventured. I searched Google and Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia) and Ireland.com, history.com, christianhistory.net and a few other sites and came up with a similar history which is: St. Patrick was born in Wales, England and was enslaved in Ireland after being captured by Irish raiders when he was only sixteen years of age. He lived as a slave in Ireland for about six years then escaped from captivity and returned back to his family in Wales.

Statute of St. Patrick
St. Patrick who was actually born Maeywan Succat joined the church after returning from captivity, he then decided to return to Ireland as a missionary and history has no record of where in Ireland he actually worked as a missionary but it is recorded that by the eighteenth centaury he had become the patron saint of Ireland.

When I searched christianhistory.net, I found interesting information that I thought I might post here too. Christianhistory.net says and I quote “Patrick isn't really a Saint with a capital S, having never been officially canonized by Rome. And Patrick couldn't have driven the snakes out of Ireland because there were never any snakes there to begin with. He wasn't even the first evangelist to Ireland (Palladius had been sent in 431, about five years before Patrick went). Patrick isn't even Irish. He's from what's now Dumbarton, Scotland (just northwest of Glasgow).”

It is said that Patrick was quite successful in converting the Chieves who then converted their clans. Patrick then made many missionary journeys all over Ireland, making Ireland known as one of Europe's Christian centers. This, of course, was very important to the fifth-century Christians for whom Ireland was one of the "ends of the earth."

 

Africancrab says:
Cheers! :)
Posted on: Mar 25, 2010
couchdesurfer says:
Cheers...! :)
Posted on: Mar 25, 2010
Africancrab says:
Vanessa, you are right I was surprised indeed what I found out. Now I know more about the day and can celebrate with the knowledge of why others are celebrating.
Posted on: Mar 18, 2010
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