Half the office has plans to go partying tonight...okay, more than half the office! In the wee hours of the morning, I caught myself wondering what is the origin of St. Patrick's Day and why is it celebrated on March 17th?
It turns out that today is the anniversary of St. Patrick's death around 460 A.D. He was born in Britain and had an adventerous youth (this isn't a bio, it's a snapshot) He had a vision from an angel in a dream to go to Ireland as a missionary. He studied and was ordained as a priest. He spent his adult life sheperding Christians in Ireland and helping the Irish find The Lord.
St. Patrick's death was during lent. I'm not exactly sure why, but the holiday evolved to the provisions of Lent being waived on March 17th. That allowed Christians to eat meat for a day! The cynic in me has figured out why they didn't make his birth...or his ordination date the holiday!!!!! Imagine going several days with no meat then being offered corned beef...mmmmm...party!
So whether you are attending a parade, a party or pub-hopping today; know that you are celebrating the death of a priest who has given people a reason to take a day off from Lent for over 15 centuries!
I can't explain the leprachaun, but whoever knew a leprachaun that couldn't find a party!?!
Raise your tankard of green ale or Guiness and say, "God Bless St. Patrick! Where's the Beef?"
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