Now that every one has hopefully gotten over their hangover from consuming too much green beer. I want to talk about the origin of the Holiday. The real St. Patrick was not Irish, a Scot, nor British, he was from ancient Gaul which later was renamed France. Some believed he was out of the monastery set up by Saint Paul. Of course, many years after the death of Paul.
Yes, I’m aware it’s said in later years he was born in Britannia, which was occupied by Rome. How could he had been born in Great Britain when Great Britain didn’t exist in 3rd century A.D. It wasn’t firmly established as Great Britain until over 700 years later under the rule of Richard the LionHeart. And the UK wasn’t formed until May 1, 1707.
What we know of him today is a good example of history revisionism. You can not change history to suit whatever is popular in the present day. It’s firm. Whatever happened, good or bad, it’s set in stone. Things like this is why I backtrack and read so many older books because too many things has been changed in later years to suit whomever sponsoring or doing the writing. A lot of that has gone on in later years with everything from literature to art.
The leprechauns, rainbows, pots of gold, fairies and clovers had nothing to do with the real Saint Patrick. All of these things are actually parts of the ancient Celtic religion already existing in Ireland (ERIN). Many cultures maintained their symbols of their cultural faiths and practices and incorporated them into Christianity just as the Romans did.
The shamrock is a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, was said to be used by Saint Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity in his ministry.
He was never formally canonized by any pope because during his life time the order of the pope as we know it today was not firmly established.
The legend of St. Patrick driving snakes out of Ireland is symbolical. Because of Ireland’s position, an island nation surrounded by icy waters, it’s not likely snakes were there in the first place. The snakes were bad people not literal physical animals called snakes. The snakes he were referring to were the Romans. They occupied Gaul, Saxon, Wessex, England Erin and Scotland at the that time and were still killing Christians. I know Constantine had legalized Christianity by this time but when has legalization ever stopped evil people from doing bad things?