461: St. Patrick Dies
On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick died in Ireland. Much of what people think of Patrick is wrong. He was not Irish, but served as a missionary to Ireland. We don’t celebrate his birth, we celebrate his death. After being kidnapped at age 16 in Great Britain, Patrick served the next six years as a shepherd against his will in Ireland. After his finally escaped and returned home, he felt an overwhelming need to go back and preach the gospel to the very people who treated him so badly. He served 40 years converting thousands of the Irish to Christianity and built many churches along the way. He used the three-sided clover as a way of describing the holy trinity. It is not known if he drank any green beer.
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