Showing posts with label saint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label saint. Show all posts

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Saint Patrick's Day!


Saint Patrick's Day is a religious/cultural celebration held on March 17 every year, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick. He is known as the patron Saint of Ireland.

This day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century. The holiday is observed by the Catholic church, Anglican Communion (Especially the Church of Ireland), Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. This day celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish and commemorates Saint Patrick. The day is usually celebrated with parties and parades, the color green and shamrocks. Christians who attend the church service and follow the Lenten restrictions have the ban of certain foods and alcohol lifted for the day. 

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in the Republic or Ireland and Northern Ireland. The holiday has stretched all the way around the world, too! The Saint is celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand! it is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival! 

Who was Saint Patrick?

Patrick was a 5th century Roman-British Christian Bishop & missionary in Ireland. Most of what is known about the Saint comes from the Declaration, which was written by Patrick himself. He was born in the 4th century into a wealthy family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather a priest. According to his writings, he was kidnapped at age 16 and made to be a slave in Gaelic Ireland. He said that he spent 6 years as a slave until he escaped, as a direction from God, fleeing to the coast where a ship was waiting to take him home. After returning home, Patrick announced during his captivity he had found God, and he then became a priest. 


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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Who is Saint Valentine?


Every February 14th gifts, flowers, cards and candies are exchanged between loved ones all in celebration of Saint Valentine. But who is mystifying Saint?


The Catholic church recognizes at least two saints by the name of Valentine. One legend contends that he was a priest, during the third century in Rome. During this time, Emperor Claudis II decided that men with no wife and children at home made better soldiers and outlawed marriage for young men. St. Valentine realizing the injustice of this new law, continued to perform marriages for the young lovers in secret. Once his actions were discovered, Claudis ordered St. Valentine be put to death.

Another story suggest that Valentine may have been put to death for helping Christians escape stringent prisons in Rome. According to one legend, Valentine sent the first valentine greeting himself after falling in love with his jailer's daughter. Before his death, Valentine wrote her a letter and signed it "From your Valentine", a phrase that is still used today. This truth behind this legend is murky, but it emphasizes the meaning of Valentine's Day-LOVE.

Whoever the Saint is behind this holiday, make sure you take the time on February 14th to let your spouse, parents, children or friends know that they are appreciated and loved


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