Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

As most know, it is the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death and so the occasion for his StPatrickFeast Day.  I suppose Saint Patrick’s Day has become, like Christmas, as much of a secular holiday as a religious one.  And yet I still find it somewhat amusing to see young children who are likely not Catholic or perhaps even Christian dressed up today to celebrate a man famous for converting Ireland to Catholicism.  (I should note, St Patrick is venerated as a saint by not only Catholics but also the Orthodox, Episcopalians, and Lutherans).  And though it should be obvious, St Patrick was not the drunken Irish leprechaun type.  In fact, he was not Irish at all but born in Scotland to Roman parents.  When he was a young man, he was taken captive by Irish raiders and enslaved for 6 years.  He eventually escaped and became a priest, and returned to Ireland to evangelize.  He was, by most accounts, not initially well received by many of the Irish.  But he is largely credited now with converting Ireland to the Catholic faith.  It is, then, a feast day for a very good reason.

One of the things Saint Patrick is famous for is supposedly using the 3-leafed clover as an analogy for the Trinity.  I’m not sure if he did, but this amusing video explains why perhaps he should not have.

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About Kleiner

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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3 Responses to Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

  1. Apolytikion of Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland in the Third Tone:

    O Holy Hierarch, equal of the Apostles, Saint Patrick, wonderworker and enlightener of Ireland: Intercede with the merciful God that He grant unto our souls forgiveness of offences.

    Kontakion of Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland in the Fourth Tone:

    The Master revealed thee as a skillful fisher of men; and casting forth nets of Gospel preaching, thou drewest up the heathen to piety. Those who were the children of idolatrous darkness thou didst render sons of day through holy Baptism. O Patrick, intercede for us who honour thy memory.

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