Saturday, March 17 is St. Patrick's Day. Quite frankly the day has become a very popular almost a worldwide celebration. Do you know much about St. Patrick? He is considered by many to be the Patron Saint of Ireland but he was actually born in Britain sometime in the late 300's A.D. That's right, Patrick wasn't Irish. His given name wasn't Patrick, it was Maewyn Succat, but he didn't care for that name so he chose to be known as Patricius.
His father was a deacon in the early Christian church, but Patrick wasn't a believer. At the age of 16, he was captured by Irish pirates and enslaved as a shepherd for 6 years during this time he chose to believe in Christ and became a born-again Christian. Later on, Patrick claimed he received a vision urging him to bring Christianity to the Irish people.
Patrick's message of faith in Jesus Christ was not well received in Ireland but Patrick remained faithful and in time he baptized over 100,000 people and helped to plant over 300 churches. Patrick is probably the individual responsible for popularizing the shamrock or the three-leaf clover you see so much of around March 17. Patrick used it to teach the concept of the Holy Trinity to the Irish people.
Today Patricius is known to most as Saint Patrick, though he was not technically a canonized saint by the Catholic Church. ST. Patrick's Day started as a religious celebration in the 17th century to commemorate the life of St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. This "Feast Day" always took place on the anniversary of Patrick's death, which was believed to be March 17, 461 A.D.
This Saturday, March 17 remember St. Patrick and remember every born-again believer is sanctified or set apart by God through faith in Jesus Christ to serve the Lord and our fellow man. Remember like St. Patrick you have a story to tell of how Christ has changed your life.
Yours in Christ's Service,
Bro. Mike Hensley