We hope you all had a wonderful St Patricks Weekend full of jovial cheer and some good ‘ol Irish celebrations! We certainly partook in the copious amounts of Irish festivities that Chicago had to offer, from Irish gig, bagpipes, dying the Chicago River green, Riverdance, Pubs on Hubbard Street, Dueling Piano bars, Fish and Chips, green beer, Irish car bombs and of course we ended the weekend at church to repent our sinful splurges. Here is a short account of our weekend through pictures and a brief narrative of the man behind this fantastic day of Feast.
Jake and I are practicing Roman Catholics wit’ a wee bit o’ Irish blood running tru’ our veins, so ’tis no surprise that we call to Patron Saint of Ireland for understandin’ an’ patience.
Saint Patricius was the grandson of a priest and the son of a deacon, yet he was not a believer. At the age of sixteen he was captured by Irish pirates from his homeland of Roman Britian (5th century England) and enslaved with many thousands of others, it was during his six years of captivity that he found his salvation through Christ. After escaping, Patrick became an ordained bishop and ministered in Ireland with particular success among the Druid Pagans. He taught about the glory of God by using the Shamrock, a three leaved clover, to depict the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. It was in his written word, The Confession of Saint Patrick, that he said “For there is no other God, nor ever was before, nor shall be hereafter, but God the Father, unbegotten and without beginning, in whom all things began, whose are all things, as we have been taught; and his son Jesus Christ, who manifestly always existed with the Father, before the beginning of time in the spirit with the Father, indescribably begotten before all things, and all things visible and invisible were made by him. He was made man, conquered death and was received into Heaven, to the Father who gave him all power over every name in Heaven and on Earth and in Hell, so that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and God, in whom we believe. And we look to his imminent coming again, the judge of the living and the dead, who will render to each according to his deeds. And he poured out his Holy Spirit on us in abundance, the gift and pledge of immortality, which makes the believers and the obedient into sons of God and co-heirs of Christ who is revealed, and we worship one God in the Trinity of holy name.” Now that’s some pretty deep understanding and faith. Sadly the process of canonizing mortals did not begin until the 12th century so Patrick was never formally recognized, only proclaimed by popularity but it is because of the truth in his words that we dedicate a day every year to this Patron of Ireland.