While St. Patrick's Day has become largely secularized over the years, it began as a religious holiday celebrating the life of St. Patrick. Until a few years ago, I didn't know ANYTHING about St. Patrick, except that there was a holiday named after him. In the last few years I've learned more about his story, and it's both fascinating and inspiring. St. Patrick was kidnapped as a teen by marauders and sold in Ireland as a slave, then escaped, become a monk, and returned to Ireland to preach the Gospel. You can learn more about him on a great post I found here.
Learning about his life had me wonder how St. Patrick's Day was and still is celebrated AS a religious holiday. So, I'm inviting those who celebrate St. Patricks Day as a Holy Day, not just a holiday, to share their ideas, traditions, crafts and reflections on St. Patricks Day. For those of you who have only known this as a secular holiday, but would like to learn more about its religious roots, I'd like to invite you to join me on my journey as I learn more about the Christian roots of this holiday!
I'd love to see posts about...
- St. Patrick or the History of St. Patrick's Day
- Christian St. Patrick's Day Tradions
- Relevant St. Patricks Day crafts or activities
- Relevant religious art
- Reviews of films or books about St. Patrick or St. Patrick's Day.
- St. Patricks Day Devotionals
- Irish Blessings
- Discussions of anything about this holiday from a Christian perspective.
Though posts don't have to be specifically religious in nature (St. Patrick's Day Clover crafts, for instance, are fine)...for this linky I'd prefer not to have posts focused on beer, luck, and leprechans, unless they are discussed from a Christian perspective. Examples:
- NOT APPROPRIATE: A recipe for green beer, just by itself.
- OK: A post which discusses how drinking has been part of Christian celebrations including St. Patricks day, which also happens to have a recipe for Green Beer.
Another great place to find religious St. Patricks Day Crafts and activities is the current Liturgical Link Up over at Catholic Icing. You don't have to be Catholic to enjoy these great activities. I'm not! But I enjoy what I can learn from various denominations of our faith.
(Sorry the linky was down earlier today...it's fixed now)