Saint Patrick

Posted: 03/17/2008 by that's Elbert in Christianity, History, holidays

There is a nice article about Saint Patrick on Christian History’s site. From the article:

Patrick is remembered today as the saint who drove the snakes out of Ireland (not true), the teacher who used the shamrock to explain the Trinity (doubted), and the namesake of annual parades in New York and Boston. What is less well-known is that Patrick was a humble missionary (this saint regularly referred to himself as “a sinner”) of enormous courage. When he evangelized Ireland, he set in motion a series of events that impacted all of Europe.

The entire article is here.

  1. swampcritter2 says:

    Elbert, An interesting take on the claim that Patrick drove the serpents from Ireland may be explained in a work of historic fiction, namely Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “Mists of Avalon.” The book is a rework of the King Arthur tale albeit from the perspective of the women in Arthur’s life. Patrick is depicted accurately in the book as a Christian bishop who prevailed against the heathen, and Druidic religions of Ireland, hence the story goes he rid Ireland of the Serpent. An interesting lesson in symbolic terms, and it makes perfect sense.