If you missed our Got Questions? column this week, we addressed, “What Would St. Patrick Think About His Day?” We provided some history about St. Patrick, as well as his well-known prayer/poem (Read here: What Would St. Patrick Think About His Day?)
Now we offer a few more little-known details about the man for whom this day is named:
- Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was from an area in Scotland now known as Dumbarton (just northwest of Glasgow).
- Patrick couldn’t have driven the snakes out of Ireland because there were never any snakes in Ireland.
- Patrick wasn’t the first evangelist to Ireland. Palladius, who died sometime between 457 and 461 AD, was the first Bishop of Ireland. He preceded Patrick by at least five years.
- Patrick was in his mid-40s when he went to Ireland and began evangelizing the people. Palladius had not been very successful in his mission to do so.
- Patrick is not really a Saint with a capital “S.” He was never officially canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. However, he is a saint with a lower-case “s.” All are saints who have trusted in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for salvation.
- Patrick was viewed by fifth-century Christians as fulfilling the great commission since the areas in Ireland were considered the “ends of the earth” to many at that time.
Today, we wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and ask that you take a few minutes to remember this early church saint whose love for the Lord was reflected in his commitment to sharing the gospel with the people of Ireland.
On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone seems to be “a little bit Irish.” So we suggest that you let your “Irish” show and celebrate the day by doing what St. Patrick so willingly, and so effectively, did in Ireland. Wherever God has placed you, share the gospel of saving grace with the lost so they might come to know Jesus. And, speak the Words of God to those who belong to Jesus. Remind them of the “pot of gold” at the end of their “rainbow” that is the riches and the glory of Heaven that awaits those who are in Christ.
May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.