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Saint Patrick’s Death

He chased all snakes from Ireland and performed a large number of resurrection miracles and also used the three-leaved clover to explain doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish. There have been countless legends written about Saint Patrick, number one patron saint of Ireland. Despite the fact that his real life is fairly unknown to most people, the cult of one of the most popular saints of Christianity has remained unbroken. Saint Patrick is believed to have died on March 17, 461 AD, in Saul and was buried in nearby Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Although the name of the legendary missionary is primarily related to Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day revelries, which have almost completely detached from the real origin of the feast, have spread in more and more countries.

Patrick was born in Roman Britain at the end of the 4th century AD to a wealthy Christian family with Roman citizenship. At the age of 16, he was captured by pirates and was sold into slavery. Patrick was forced to work as a shepherd for six years. Yet, the long period that he spent in captivity was not wasted time. Legend has it that the enslaved young man managed to find the way to God during his captivity. Finally, driven by his religious visions he escaped from his captors, then after returning to Britain a new vision urged him to convert the Irish into Christianity.

 

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However, at first he went to Gaul where he had prepared for his missionary task for years under the guidance of the bishop of Auxerre. He became active in Ireland in the 430s eventually, where he had to contend with numerous obstacles. Although Patrick did not accept any financial benefit or gift – he even paid for local rulers to conduct his missionary work – islanders, who had rarely met the message of Jesus before, were often suspicious of him. Patrick was even beaten by the pagans then robbed and put in chains. But due to his cunning method combining the elements of pagan cults with Christianity, the devoted missionary converted thousands into the Christian faith. Besides his impressive work he also had dozens of churches and monasteries build on the Green Island.

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