Today, March 17, people celebrate another manmade holiday which serves for many as a party and yet another reason to get drunk. While everyone wears their green, I’m pretty sure that the majority of people have no idea where this holiday originated from or can recognize who Saint Patrick actually was. If you do not know what you celebrate, then why do you celebrate it? “Because everyone else does,” is not the best reason. If other people told you to jump into a fire, would you do it as well?
Who was Saint Patrick?
Without going into a detailed account of his whole life, he was an Irish catholic bishop, who actually converted lots of people to Christianity. His mission was simple: get rid off pagan teachings from Ireland once and for all. Naturally, he had lots of opposition from the Druids, Celts and people in general who didn’t want have anything to do with Christianity and preferred to worship creation rather than the Creator.
When Patrick died supposedly on the date of March 17, Christians named this day Saint Patrick’s Day. This date would replace a pagan festival of Ostara, which celebrates the rebirth of nature, when the Spring Equinox takes place (March 20 of this year).
Patrick gained fame by introducing a metaphor of a three leaf clove called a shamrock, as a symbol of the Holy Trinity. He replaced the idea of the pagan/celtic trinity with the Trinity of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). That is why people portray him with a shamrock in his hand or on his clothing. Why green then? Many people connect it to the time of spring or to the shamrock itself. I believe that green color has always been attached to the country of Ireland. Their ancient flag is green in color, and Ireland is pretty green itself. If we add to it Irish druids being worshippers of nature, then we can easily say that green is something that lays in the roots of this country from the very beginnings.
To summarize this short article I agree that Patrick did lots of good things, for example converting many to Christianity. He did well in this, for we are commanded to spread the Gospel. Yeshua’s (Jesus’) apostles in the 1st century did the same, yet we do not celebrate day Saint Paul’s day, or John’s, or Matthew’s, etc.? I personally believe that this is yet another example of how the Catholic Church got their hands on pagan festivals and mixed them to include new Christian traditions claiming it to be all in the name of God. Well, I disagree. God gave us a specific festivals to celebrate and if you do read your Bible, you know that these feast are not the feasts of Jews only, but the feasts of God.
“‘These are the set feasts of Yahweh, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their appointed season.” — Leviticus 23:4
“You shall keep it a feast to Yahweh seven days in the year: it is a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall keep it in the seventh month.” — Leviticus 23:41
God gave us specific instructions (commandments) when to celebrate His feasts and what the festivals are called. If you are Christian, and you are looking for a festival to celebrate your religion, faith or God Himself, look into the Bible and it will tell you all about it plainly and clearly. Don’t go and get drunk because the whole world says its acceptable. It should already bring a check in your spirit when the whole world does something and some Christians don’t. Don’t get discouraged when the world judges your choices and points their finger at you. Remember that Yeshua told us about this a long time ago.
“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” — Matthew 16:26
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” — Matthew 10:22
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” — John 15:18-19
You have a choice! Gather with some other Christians on this day and pray for the lost souls of this world. Wear something different other than the color green. Be different, to draw attention when the party people look at you and judge you. Maybe it will spark a conversation in which you can share the love of Christ. Maybe one of them will ask themselves, why does he/she not celebrate with us. Maybe this one person will later dig deeper and search on their own what is the origin of Saint Patrick’s Day and find the truth.
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” — 1 Corinthians 3:6-7