1 Every year on March 17th people celebrate St. Patrick's Day. They wear green and they have parties and they think about luck and rainbows and gold and being Irish.
2 IRELAND BRITAIN or ENGLAND NC Atlantic Ocean Britain And Ireland Guess what? Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was born in mainland Britain. His real name wasn’t Patrick. It was Maewyn Succat. The name Patrick was given to him later in his life, and we still know him by that name today.
3 Over the years the color green and its association with Saint Patrick's day grew. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick's Day. March 17th is not Patrick's birthday, but the day he died.
4 The Shamrock is an Irish tradition, a symbol of rebirth, like spring time and also a symbol for Irish nationalism
5 The original color associated with St Patrick is called St. Patrick blue. It is a sky blue color. Green became associated with the holiday at a later date.
6 If you don't wear green on St. Patrick's day, you should be pinched. The custom was started supposedly by leprechauns, who have a reputation for being cranky.
7 Hey, get rid of those snakes! What are you talking about? There are no snakes in Ireland. There was a legend that St. Patrick banished snakes from Ireland, driving them into the sea after they annoyed him during a 40-day fast. But guess what? There are no snakes in Ireland.
Here is some truth about St. Patrick. It is much more fascinating than any myth or legend or made up story. He was kidnapped in Britain by Irish pirates when he was 16 and sold into slavery in Ireland. 8
9 While enslaved, something special happened to Patrick. He said, “It was there that the Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart, so that I should recall my sins, and turn with all my heart to the Lord, my God.” He realized that he was not just a slave to the Irish, but also a slave to sin. Patrick said that during his six years of slavery he was constantly hungry and without clothing. When Patrick lived at home, he was brought up by a Christian father and grand father. So in those tough times, he remembered the words of his preacher father: “God is able to deliver you.” After 6 years of slavery, He gave his life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and Master of All. Patrick’s life changed, and his captors began referring to him as “that holy youth.”
11 Eventually, Patrick escaped back to England. After 20 years at home, he believed God wanted him to go back to Ireland. He returned and told the wicked rulers/slave masters about Jesus Christ. Over the next 30 years, he crisscrossed Ireland. Every day he spent in Ireland, he was in great danger, but he lived out the Bible verse, “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21), He had a desire to whole- heartedly follow Jesus Christ, and he knew that he would one day go to heaven. Because of his dedication to God, 120,000 people decided to follow Jesus, and 300 churches were built. Patrick’s whole life was devoted to telling others how they could repent (turn from sin) and find forgiveness and eternal life in Jesus.
4 Father Holy Spirit Son It is possible that St. Patrick used the Shamrock, the three leaf clover, to explain the Trinity, when giving the gospel to the Irish.
But there is good news! We can be released from the chains of sin, just as Patrick was. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. You can accepts God’s free gift of salvation today and be forever released from the bondage of sin. John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Credits: Images in this lesson were used from Microsoft Office Clipart which comes with this presentation program and from my Print Master Printing Program by Broderbund. The text from this lessons are my own thoughts and ideas made up from many searches on the internet. Below are a couple of the resources that were used. Wikipedia Moments with the Book