Many countries are better than England at celebrating their Saints days and Irish people around the world will know that today is St. Patrick's Day.
This is what my book 'Calendar of Saints' says about him
Saint Patrick was born in Britain, of Roman stock, probably with the name Patricious Magonus Sucatus When is was about 14 in the year 403, Irish raiders carried him away to their country as a slave. Here he learned to pray while looking after his master's herds.
He escaped in a ship taking dogs to Gaul and there he became a disciple of saint Germanus of Auxerre and studied at the monastery of Lerins. After 15 years he dreamed of Ireland and determined to return as a missionary. Saint Germanus consecrated him Bishop and he returned to Ireland in 432 . He confronted King Laoghaire with the Christain Gospel and converted his daughters. The Saint wrote that he daily expected to be killed or enslaved.
In 444 he established the bishopric of Armagh and the organization of the Irish Church became secure.
This hymn and prayer is called St Patricks Breastplate
According to my book the 17th March is also the day for remembering Joseph Of Arimathea. Nothing is known about Joseph except what's written in the gospels.
From Mark 15.
"Joseph of Arimathea,an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the Kingdom of God, came, and went boldly unto Pilate and craved the body of Jesus.....and he brought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre".
400 years later a legend said that Joseph had later travelled as a missionary to Britain and founded a church at Glastonbury in Somerset.
HERE is the story of the Glastonbury Thorn.
Such nasty weather here in Mid Suffolk yesterday, wet and windy, hope today is better.
Back Tomorrow (with answers to some questions)