Saint Patrick Feast Day
Iconic buildings throughout the world turn green and large festive parades celebrate St Patrick’s day. Patrick is identified with Ireland as he is the National Apostle. The day set aside to recognise Patrick becomes a day to acknowledge and celebrate being Irish and being of Irish descent.
We will look at the man behind all these celebrations. The two earliest biographies of Patrick come from the 7th century. Muirchu’s Life of Patrick and Bishop Tirechan’s Account of St Patrick’s Journey promoted the cult of Patrick. However, a much more personal account of his life comes from his own hand. In his ‘Confessions’, Patrick outlines his spiritual journey. It was written towards the end of his life and is an outpouring of his soul to God.