Most of my readers are already aware that I’m Irish and live here in Ireland in the town of Dundalk, Co.Louth. For those who didn’t know well ….now you do.
This is not going to be a post that delves into the life of St.Patrick as there is already so much information about his life on the Internet that you don’t need me repeating here.
St.Patrick fell asleep in the Lord on March 17th 461AD. That was before the introduction of the Gregorian so all that existed was the Julian Calendar and as we know the Julian calendar falls 13 days behind the Gregorian so the actual feast day of St.Patrick is March 30th.
I didn’t know it was St.Patricks day today but here is how I found out:
I was browsing an authentic hand painted ( written ) icon to buy on eBay via my iPad. I was browsing icons when I got a “ping” from my Facebook messenger app. I look to the top of my screen at the message and it’s my good friend Fr.Seraphim who begins conversation by wishing me a “Happy St.Patricks Day”. As I’d immediately looked back to the screen there before me was an icon of St.Patrick hand painted ( written ) from Sofia in Bulgaria. It was the LAST ONE!!! I took it as a sign that I should buy his icon and no better day to buy it than on his feast day right?
Saints have a habit of following this extremely unholy layman around. First it was St.Seraphim of Sarov and now it’s my own native St.Patrick of Ireland.
So…tonight I get to go out and be the only Irish man celebrating StPatricks day with a pint of Guinness in the pub on his own. I get to celebrate being Irish twice both on March 17th and March 30th but of course March 30th is when the REAL celebrating begins right? 😉
St.Patrick, pray for us.