St. Patrick’s Day is noted for its wearing of the green, parades and lots of drinking. Traditional food includes corned beef and cabbage, and Irish soda breads. A daring few chow down on black pudding and sausage. Some cities, like Chicago, die their rivers green and serve green beer. Others hold religious ceremonies.
The holiday began in 1737 as a feast day and a religious event to honour the heritage people had left behind. Eventually, little by little, it became what it is today.
But St Patrick’s Day is named for the patron saint of Ireland, who was a pagan, captured and taken to Ireland as a slave, and later embraced Christianity and became a bishop in Ireland.
Prayer – Lord, help us honour our valuable history in a way that honours you as well. Amen