Sunday, March 15, 2015

St. Patrick's Day explained




Why on 17th March people in Vienna are running around looking like plants or bearded goblins while I'm drinking green beer?



It's all about St. Patrick's Day.










About St. Patrick:


Patrick was a man born in Roman Britain in the late fourth century. At the age of sixteen Patrick was captured by a group of pirates and brought to Ireland where he was enslaved for the next 6 years. During this hard time Patrick worked as a shepherd and developed his faith in God through prayer. One day, he heard a voice that gave him the idea of leaving, so he travelled to a port, two hundred miles away, where he found a ship that brought him to Britain. Patrick, together with a group from the ship, had to walk 28 days in a wilderness. Because of lack of food the crew was losing motivation, but Patrick was trying to convince them to believe in God which increased his prestige in the group. Finally, he returned to his family and continued to study Christianity.
After becoming a cleric, he acted on the vision of Saint Victricius and returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. In his later life he served as a bishop. By the seventh century, he was already revered as the patron saint of Ireland.




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