St. Patrick’s Day is known as the day to wear green or you might get pinched! But did you know that St. Patrick was a real person and a missionary – and the first Christian missionary to Ireland?
“Saint” Patrick was actually not from Ireland, but from Britain. It is said that during his youth he was captured and taken to Ireland from about age 16 to 22 years of age. During captivity he repented from his sinful nature. He eventually escaped back to his homeland and while there received a vision from God calling him back to Ireland to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to the Irish people.
Patrick obeyed God’s call on his life and did return for the reminder of his life, ministering to the unreached tribes of Ireland. During his ministry he led many to a relationship with Jesus Christ and baptized thousands of people.
Tradition says St. Patrick used the famous three-leaf clover as an illustration of the Holy Trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The following was stated on a Christianpost.com blog from 2010:
“According to historian William Federer, who wrote St. Patrick: The Real History of His Life, from Tragedy to Triumph, ‘He was actually a missionary and he converted 120,000 druids from paganism to Christianity.’ Federer claimed that in the fifth century A.D., Patrick did more than perhaps anyone in history to spread Christianity in Europe. Although druids attempted to kill him over a dozen times, Patrick continued to preach the message of Jesus Christ, and throughout his ministry he pioneered over 300 Christian churches. Patrick also spoke out against slavery, and because of this, some call him the world’s first abolitionist.: (/http://blogs.christianpost.com/parenting/st-patrick-was-a-missionary-2330)
So…on this St. Patrick’s Day in 2015, as we wear our green and make fun shamrock projects in school, let us remember Patrick and how he listened to God’s commandment to “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) Let us be a missionary, like him, to those whom God brings into our lives, who do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
~ Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ~