St Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland

St. PatrickSaint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish Christians.

According to altered accounts about St Patrick and his life story it is said that he was born in Britain, around 385AD. His parents Calpurnius and Conchessa were Roman inhabitants living in either Scotland or Wales. As a lad of 14 he was apprehended and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in his 30’s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans.good-luck-about-st-patrick-shamrock

Many people query the question “Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland?” The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. To many cultures the influence of the serpent is in its depiction of vital energy. This energy remains coiled within at the base of our spine in the sacrum like a sleeping snake. There it sits dormant until it’s ready to move, the energy is called kundalini.

The stained glass image of St Patrick hails from Cabinteely, Dublin.

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