Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Latin: Sanctus Patricius, Irish: Naomh Pádraig
Born c. AD 387 Banna Venta Berniae, Britain
(suggested to be near Birdoswald, Cumbria, England)
Died 17 March, 461
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodoxy
Anglican Communion
Lutheran Church
Feast 17 March (Saint Patrick's Day)

St. Patricks Day
(Lá Fhéile Pádraig)

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

St. Patricks day is always celebrated on the 17th day of March unless if falls on a day during "Holy Week" (Last week of Lent and the week before Easter).  This even has happened in 1940 and 2008.  The next St. Patricks day will not fall during "Holy Week" unti the year 2160.  The holiday was named after St. Patrick; one of the most recognized patron Saints of Ireland.  St. Patricks Day began as a pure Catholic Holiday and had turned into an official fest day by the early 1600's.  The color green was not the color recognized orginally by the Patron St. Patrick, but instead the color was blue.  In the early 17th Century, green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of the holiday, thus changing the color to green.  It is said that St. Patrick used the 3-leaf plant to explain the "Holy Trinity" to pre-christian Irish.  It is also said that Ireland has celebrated St. Patrick's Day since the early 1600's.  In 1903 St. Patricks Day became an official holiday in Ireland; thanks to the Bank Holiday (Ireland) Act 1903, an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament introduced by the Irish MP James O'Mara..