I was reading some of my morning blogs (Coffee With The Hermit) and found this - I learned something this morning!
Was there really a St. Patrick? Definitely. Did he really drive the snakes
out of Ireland? Probably not. At age 16 (around A.D. 400), Patrick was kidnapped
from his home on the west coast of England and carried off to Ireland. After 6
years, he escaped; upon returning home, he received his call (in a dream) to
preach the Gospel. He spent the next 15 or so years in a monastery, preparing
for his missionary work. Although some Christians lived in Ireland at the time,
it was Patrick who spread Christianity throughout the land and brought an
organized church into existence.
The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in
the United States was held in New York City on this day in 1762. We wear a
shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day because Patrick used its three leaves to explain
the Holy Trinity. But, as far as we know, he never drank green beer!
Now, here I thought I needed a 4-leaf clover on St. Patrick's Day - but it's obviously not so. It's a 3-leaf clover - and it represents the Holy Trinity!