St. Patrick Himself–Religious St. Patrick’s Day Cards
Everyone knows the icons of St. Patrick’s Day–the happy green shamrocks, the Irish stout, and the leprechaun with his pot of gold. But–as a lot of you know–St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just an occasion to say “Kiss Me, I’m Irish.” It’s a feast day meant to celebrate the life of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick was said to carry the three-leafed shamrock as a representation of the Holy Trinity, spreading the Christianity throughout Ireland. The day is celebrated today officially in Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church.
Though St. Patrick’s Day began to be celebrated as early as the 9th and 10th centuries, it officially became a holy day for the Catholic Church in Ireland in the 1600s. Ireland pronounced it an official public holiday in 1903. Today the Irish celebrations include a three-day festival of many parades and performances. Though St. Patrick’s Day is not an official holiday anywhere else, it is also celebrated throughout Europe, North American, and even in Argentina and Japan!
This year, why not celebrate the long history of St. Patrick with a religious St. Patrick’s Day card that honors the spirit behind the celebrations? Send a St. Patrick’s Day blessing that’s sure to do justice to the patron saint of Ireland.