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Saint Patrick: Saint of the Irish isle

Many people around the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day by wearing green, searching for lucky shamrocks, drinking green beer and having parades, but how many know the story behind this Irish born holiday?

"Saint Patrick stained glass window from Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA."
Taken on February 3, 2009 Author: 'Sicarr' This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license by Sicarr

First, Patrick was not from Ireland, he was actually a Britain, and was kidnapped from England when he was 16. He was and taken to Ireland, where he later escaped. He then returned to England and became a priest. Seeing a great need for Christianity in Ireland, he freely returned there and converted many to the Christian religion.

According to legend, Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans, and that is why the clover is such a prized possession on St. Patrick's Day. There are many legends about St. Patrick and his quest to convert the Irish to Christianity, with some being true and others being fabricated. St. Patrick died while in Ireland and is buried at Downpatrick, Ireland.

Watch the video in this article and learn much more about this Saint.

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