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Happy St. Patrick's Day 2021!

Ah, 'tis the 17th of March, and that can only mean it's St. Patrick's Day!

1) Who was St. Patrick? From St. Patrick was a 5th-century missionary to Ireland and later served as bishop there. He was born in Britain of a Romanized family. At age 16 he was torn by Irish raiders from the villa of his father, Calpurnius, a deacon and minor local official, and carried into slavery in Ireland. He spent six bleak years there as a herdsman, during which he turned with fervour to his faith. Upon dreaming that the ship in which he was to escape was ready, he fled his master and found passage to Britain. There he came near to starvation and suffered a second brief captivity before he was reunited with his family. As a result of a dream in which a letter headed "The Voice of the Irish" was delivered to him, Patrick felt called to return to Ireland. Despite feelings of inferiority and hesitation, he finally returned to Ireland. His hesitations vanished and, feeling completely confident in the Lord, he journeyed throughout Ireland baptizing and confirming with "untiring zeal." Although never officially canonized, St. Patrick is considered the Patron Saint of Ireland. He died on March 17, 461 A.D.

2) How about Irish music? Well, outside of the beloved "Danny Boy," here is a playlist with the top 20 Irish tunes. Get ready to jump up & dance . . . or at least start tapping your toes! You'll have to put up with a few YouTube ads :-(


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