Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me. – St. Patrick
Today marks, as I’m sure you are aware by all the green clad and soon to be drunk wastrels around you, St. Patrick’s Day. Were you aware that this day originally started as a religious holiday and one that was usually spent on your knees in Mass rather than by a bar in a pub?
Did you also know that historically on the Feast Day of Saint Patrick in Ireland the Lenten fasting observations were lifted? (Hold up while I pretend to hop a plane to Dublin and partake in some alcohol and fried food…) This is where the now rambunctious party atmosphere comes from. Lent was a dismal and flavorless time and Saint Patrick’s Day gave the winter weary Irish a respite.
Why shamrocks some ask? It’s because Saint Patrick used them to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. It’s also interesting to know that the original color of Saint Patrick’s Day was blue not green. I’m not quite sure Saint Patrick’s Day would hold such a special place in my heart if the color was blue and not green…
“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.”
Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you and yours!