|Our Saint Patrick drew rave reviews from|
the crowd and loved his role, in spite of
wearing a four-pound brass celtic cross
and a refurbished tablecloth.
For three years, my family and homeschool friends joined our Catholic Little Flowers and Blue Knights Club in Elmhurst in inviting the day's namesake into one of the Chicago area's largest Saint Patrick's Day Parades.
|Marchers representing Saints Dymphna and|
Ceara from our "Corps of Irish Saints"
Crowds were enthusiastic. One man pointed to our unit shouting, "That's what it's all about, right there!" A cop complained we were moving too slowly. Then he looked at Saint Patrick visiting with people along the route, stepped back as if to say this was out of his jurisdiction, and made a sign of the cross.
|"May God Hold You in the Hollow of His Hand."|
The Patron Saint of Ireland, Fifth Century
Patrick was born in a small town in Scotland. As a boy, he was kidnapped by barbarians, dragged to Ireland and sold as a slave. For years he herded sheep, going hungry and shivering in the rain and snow. But Patrick sensed God’s presence and felt comforted. He learned the language of the Irish people and grew to love them.
One night Patrick heard a voice in a dream saying, “Your ship is ready to take you home.” Patrick found the ship and the captain agreed to take him to Scotland. Reaching a monastery, Patrick stayed for two years, working and praying. He then returned to his parents.
Patrick had another dream, full of Irish voices asking him to return to Ireland. He traveled back to the land where he had been a slave and was made Bishop. He traveled all over the island, turning thousands away from pagan ways. People stopped making human sacrifices to pagan gods. Patrick ordained priests, and built many churches. People say he used the three-leaf shamrock to teach about the Blessed Trinity – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. By the end of his life, Patrick had converted almost all of Ireland to Christianity.
|My brother soldered |
this amazing crosier.
have been a three-