The Squiggly Newsletter SPECIAL EDITION - March 17, 2009
Written by : Support Manager Gabor
Saint Patrick’s Day Saint Patrick was born Maewyn Succat (Ma-win Sa-kut) in the year 387 in Kilpatrick, Scotland. At the time- he was a Pagan living in the Roman Empire. When he was around 14 years old- he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland. During his captivity, he turned to his God in prayer every night. He had a vision one night when he was 20 years old- an angel told him he had go to back home. After much planning- he escaped from his owners and ran for the coast where he found two sailors that agreed to take him back to Scotland. It was then that the angel visited him again and told him his mission in life: to help his people- and to convert as many as he could. He began his studies for the Priesthood. Later he changed his Pagan name “Maewyn”, and took on the Christian name of “Patrick” before being ordained a Bishop. He was sent back to Ireland, and began preaching all throughout the land. He and his disciples converted thousands of Pagans and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire Kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick's message. Patrick is responsible for converting all of Ireland in less than 40 years. He continued his teaching, and after many years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring sickness- he died on March 17, 461. He would later be canonized by the Catholic Church as a Saint. Since then- Saint Patrick’s life has been celebrated every year on the Anniversary of his death: March 17th. It is a time that falls around Lent- but conveniently the consumption of beer is allowed on this one day to honor Saint Patrick. ☺ During the 1800’s thousands of Irish came to America to start new lives. Many came with their traditions of Saint Patrick’s Day. As with many holidays- we “Americanized” St. Paddy’s Day it to fit our own needs. Saint Patrick’s blue color was turned to green- a tradition that most believe was started when Patrick taught the Trinity using a green three-leaf clover. Many Irish-Americans ate a dinner consisting of corn beef and cabbage. It was an American dish that Irish immigrants ate because it was an inexpensive meal and easy to make. It later became the main traditional St. Patrick’s Day “Irish” dinner. This March 17th- remember to wear your green so a Leprechaun doesn’t come along and pinch you…. that tradition is another whole different story itself….
Find the Lucky FourFour-leaf Clover
FUN FACT: A four-leaf clover is a mutation caused by a rare “fourth-leaf” recessive gene. It is estimated that only 1 out of every 160,000 three-leaf clovers has this rare gene- causing them to grow the extra leaf. Humans also have a rare recessive gene- it causes some of us to have attached earlobes, while some of us have free ear lobes… I wonder which ear lobe is more luckier to have…. . ☺ Page 103