Happy St. Patrick's Day.☺ St Patrick was a Christian missionary. Two authentic letters from him survive, the only universally accepted details of his life. When he was 16, he was captured in Britain by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland. He escaped, returned home and became a bishop. He later returned to Ireland, but little else is known. By the seventh century, he was credited as the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick'S, Patterns Saint, Country Patrones, Country Study, Patrick'S Biographies, Christian Missionaries, Christian Sacrament, Catholic Church, St. Patrick'S
St. Patrick, the beloved patron saint of Ireland, was ordained as a priest in Britain and sent to Ireland to minister to Christians and to convert the Irish, then pre-dominantly pagans, to Christianity. Because Patrick was familiar with the Irish language and culture from the years he'd spent in captivity there (when he was captured at age 16), he chose to incorporate Irish ritual and symbols into his teachings rather than to eradicate Irish beliefs. Thus, was born the Celtic cross. Patrick superimposed the sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the traditional Christian cross so that the result would seem more natural to the Irish.
From theological tradition, St. Patrick was born in Scotland. At the age of sixteen, he was captured by Irish pirates and enslaved in Ireland. He lived in the Druid culture and after escaping from slavery, he went to England and became bishop, returning to Ireland to teach the Gospels. A patron saint of Ireland, feast day March 17.
If you have never visited Ireland I suggest you put it on your to-do list. You won't be sorry you did.