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St. Patrick’s Day


The History of Saint Patrick – a Short Story

25 Little Known Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

1) Complete the following passage with words from the box

St Patrick

 st. patrick

St. Patrick of Ireland is (1) _______ of the world’s most popular saints. There are many (2) _______ and stories of him, but this is his story.

Patrick was (3) _______ around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His (4) _______ were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in (5) _______ of the colonies.

(6) _______ a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland (7) _______ a slave to herd and take care of sheep. Ireland at this (8) _______ was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people (9) _______ held him. During this time, he turned to (10) _______ in prayer.

charge  –  as  –  legends  –  time  –  God  –  parents  –  one –  born  –  as  –  who

san patricio                                  Patrick’s captivity lasted (11) _______ he was twenty, when he escaped (12) _______ having a dream from God in which he was told to leave (13) _______ by going to the coast. There he found some (14) _______ who took him back to Britian, (15) _______ he reunited with his family.

He had (16) _______ dream in which the (17) _______ of Ireland were calling out to him “We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more.” Next, he began his studies for the priesthood, and later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel (18) _______ Ireland. He arrived there (19) _______ March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who (20) _______ to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his (21) _______ until he became friendly to Patrick.

Patrick began preaching the Gospel (22) _______ Ireland, converting many. He and his (23) _______ preached and converted thousands and began building (24) _______ all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick’s (25) _______. Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland (26) _______ 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of (27) _______ in poverty, travelling and enduring much suffering he died at Saul, where he had built the first church, on March 17, 461.

Why a shamrock?

san patricio 2Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.


people  –  for  –  Ireland  –  on  –  living  –  disciples  –  where  –  until  –  to  –  arm  –  after  –  another  –  churches  –  sailors  –  tried  –  throughout  –  message


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