Irish Traditions, St. Patricks Day

Who Was Saint Patrick?

Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary and is regarded as the patron saint of IrelandSt. Patrick lived from AD 373–493, and ministered in Northern Ireland from AD 433 until his death. Pious legend credits Patrick with banishing snakes from the island, though post-glacial Ireland never actually had snakes. It is suggestion is that snakes referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids.


St. Patrick is also credited with teaching the Irish about the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock and a three-leaved clover. Legend also says St. Patrick, while preaching Christianity, he drew a cross through a Celtic circle symbolic of the moon Goddess. Hence the Celtic cross was born. Today the circle of the cross or the Celtic Cross is viewed as a of God’s endless love.

Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick

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