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Celebrating St. Patrick

Celebrating St. Patrick

Greetings and welcome on this Sunday set aside to celebrate our patron saint, Patrick of Ireland. As a young man, Patrick was captured in his native Britain and brought to Ireland as a slave. He lived a life of forced servitude for 6 years before escaping on a ship bound for France. In France, he joined a monastery and eventually was ordained a priest. He continued his ministry in France and then back in his native Britain for many years before he realized his call to serve as a missionary bishop in Ireland. He reported seeing a vision calling him to return. Ireland was not part of the Roman Empire (in the 5th century) and was not kind to Christian missionaries. That all changed when Patrick returned to Ireland in the mid 400s. Thousands became Christian including many kings. Patrick is known for his patience. One legend is that he would spend so long convincing people to convert to Christianity that his walking stick turned into a tree. Another legend is that he drove the snakes from