Saint Patrick As The Patron Saint Of Ireland Essay

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Essay 3 Saint Patrick also known as the patron saint of Ireland, is today one of the world 's most popular saints (Catholic Online). He is celebrated every year on March 17th, the anniversary of his death. However the reasons his life is celebrated have greatly changed since the first Saint Patrick 's Day was established by the Church in 1631 (Ashley Ross). He was originally revered for bringing catholicism to Ireland, but today his missionary work is widely forgotten and he has instead become the symbol of Irish pride. Whether it be due to the luck of the Irish or being in the right place at the right time, Saint Patrick, at least his name rather than his legacy, is long from being buried in the depths of history.

Patrick was born in 387 AD in Roman Britain, in an area that is now most likely Wales. This was a time of chaos in Patrick’s home land, they were repeatedly raided by Pagan countries such as “the Irish (called 'Scotti ' by the Romans) attacked from the West; the Picts from the North; and various Germanic-speaking peoples from the East, across the North Sea” (Professor Edward James). All the while receiving very little defense from Roman soldiers who were too busy protecting more populous areas. These attackers would take supplies such as food, animals, clothing and often times young people to bring back to their homelands as slaves. One of these raids would forever change Patrick’s life when he was taken as a slave to Ireland.

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