Friday, March 9, 2018

Why is Saint Patrick the patron Saint of Ireland? ~ ¿Quién es San Patricio?

 Who is Saint Patrick? ~ ¿Quién es San Patricio?

Each year on March 17th, many people dress green in honor of Saint Patrick.” It is a day to celebrate Irish Traditions. 
Whis Saint Patrick the patron Saint of Ireland? 
Patrick was a Christian missionary, but he was not actually Irish. He is recognized for converted Ireland to Christianity in the AD 400s.
What is the meaning of St. Patrick Day?What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival. Irish culture or not, people celebrate with parades, special foods and wear green.
Who is St. Patrick?
Patrick was born around 375 A.D. in Britain. His Roman parents were Calpurnius and Conchess in charge of the colonies. They were wealthy. Patrick was kidnapped and brought to Ireland. Years later, he escaped and went back to Britain. 
In his own land, he became a priest and soon a well-know bishop. Patrick had several dreams about the suffering of the Irish people and returned to save them. There are several legends about what happened with Saint Patrick in Ireland. The most prominent claiming he met the chieftain of one of the druid tribes, who tried to kill him, but he was able to convert the chieftain and preach the Gospel throughout Ireland. He often used shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). 
St. Patrick’s Day Activities
Schools, churches and Irish families celebrate it differently. 
Some options to have fun on this day are:

2.  To learn more about their Irish heritage, read Irish folk and fairy tales: Visit: http://childrensbooks.about.com/cs/fairytales/fr/irishfairytales.htm

3.   Saint Patrick's Eggs and Pancakes:
http://catholiccuisine.blogspot.com/2012/03/st-patricks-shamrock-eggs-and-fruit.html
4. Create a St. Patrick Shamrock: St. Patrick's way to teach the mystery of the Holy Trinity with a Shamrock: Three in One. Add the Irish Blessing.
 ¿Quién es San Patricio?
Patrick nació alrededor del 375 D.C. en Gran Bretaña. Sus padres romanos, Calpurnius y Conchess , estaban a cargo de las colonias. Ellos eran ricos y su hijo, Patricio, fue secuestrado y llevado a Irlanda. Años más tarde, escapó y volvió a Gran Bretaña.  En su tierra, se convirtió en un sacerdote y luego en un conocido obispo. Patricio tenía varios sueños sobre el sufrimiento del pueblo irlandés y volvió a socorrerlos. Hay varias leyendas sobre lo que sucedió con San Patricio en Irlanda. La historia más destacada es cuando se encontró con el cacique de una de las tribus de los druidas, quien trató de matarlo, pero él fue capaz de convertir al cacique y predicar el Evangelio a lo largo de Irlanda. San Patricio utilizaba el trébol para explicar el significado de la Santísima Trinidad (padre, hijo y Espíritu Santo). Tres en Uno.

                                                     Irish Blessing

Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator
Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.