“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28: 19
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
So … How much do you really know about St. Patrick?
Try taking this four-question quiz. Whatever your score, you will probably learn something new. Answers follow each question, so don’t scroll down until you’ve tried to answer each! Then have fun seeing if you can stump your friends.
1.) What was Patrick’s nationality?
A.) Irish B.) American C.) British D) French
Answer: C. Patrick was born in Britain and grew up on the coast of Wales.
2.) How did Patrick end up in Ireland?
A.) He ran away from home. B.)He was kidnapped by pirates. C.) His drunken father lost him to Irish gypsies in a card game. D.) He went to the University of Dublin.
Answer: B At the age of sixteen Patrick was captured by Irish pirates and sold into slavery.
3.) After escaping, why would Patrick want to go back to where he had been a slave?
A.) He wanted to take revenge on his master and free the other slaves. B.) To kill the snakes infesting Ireland. C.) He wanted to conquer Ireland for Wales. D.) He wanted to evangelize the Irish.
Answer: D. After escaping, Patrick had become a committed Christian. He had had visions and dreams about sharing his faith with the Irish pagans. As a Christian, not only was he given the supernatural ability to forgive years of slavery, but he wanted the Irish to have the same blessings he had. Hence, Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.
4) Why is the shamrock the symbol of St. Patrick?
A.) It was an object lesson B) Irish children welcomed Patrick with shamrocks C) Shamrocks in Ireland were infested with snakes. D) According to legend, shamrocks sprang up overnight to cover Patrick’s first church in green, symbolizing life.
Answer: A. In explaining the Trinity, Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate one God in three Persons:
- God the Father, creator of all things,
- Jesus, His Son, who died to save Mankind from sin and death, and
- the Holy Spirit, sent from God to live inside believers
(P.S. Snakes are not and have never been indigenous to Ireland.)
If Saint Patrick were standing here today holding a shamrock, he would tell you that
- God the Father loves you and wants to be your Father. You can be adopted into His family by believing in
- Jesus, His Son, who died on the Cross to save us all from our sin. (Sin can’t just be swept under the carpet – somebody must pay the price, and Jesus paid your debt in full!) Just think – He loves you so much, He preferred to go to the cross rather than spend eternity without you! By repenting of your sins and believing in Him, you can not only “born again” into the family of God, you escape eternal death and be can be filled with …
- the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. He will help you discern right and wrong and give you the strength to do the right things – even things you couldn’t do before. You can live the life you were created to live. Those who believe in Christ are promised ETERNAL LIFE. So, we don’t even need to fear death! Jesus rose from the dead, and because He did, those who believe inHim will, too.
(That’s way better than green beer, which has absolutely nothing to do with Saint Patrick.)
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Prayer: Father, thank You for showing us the signs of Your hand at work throughout history, as You did a miraculous, forgiving work in St. Patrick. May the story of my life give You glory, too. In Jesus’ name, Amen.