St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17
to honor Patrick, Ireland's patron saint.

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Blessing for the Children
O Thou, to whom to love and be are one,
hear my faith-cry for them who are more thine than mine.
Give each of them what is best for each.
I cannot tell what it is.
But Thou knowest.
I only ask Thou love them and keep them
With the loving and keeping Thou didst
Show to Mary's Son and Thine.

May Saint Patrick guard you wherever you go
and guide you in whatever you do-
and may his protection be a
blessing to you always.

Saint Patrick was not actually Irish. Historical sources report that he was born around 373 A.D. in either Scotland near the town of Dumbarton or in Roman Britain the Romans left Britain in 410 A.D. His real name is believed to be Maewyn Succat he took on Patrick, or Patricus, after he became a priest.

He was kidnapped at the age of 16 by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. During his 6-year captivity he worked as a shepherd, he began to have religious visions, and found strength in his faith. He finally escaped after voices in one of his visions told him where he could find a getaway ship and went to France, where he became a priest and later a bishop.

When he was about 60 years old, St. Patrick traveled to Ireland to spread the Christian word. It's said that Patrick had an unusually winning personality, and that helped him win converts. He used the shamrock, which resembles a three-leafed clover, as a metaphor to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity (father, son, holy spirit.)

Legend has it that Saint Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland that they all went into the sea and drowned. I don't know why he did this, except that the snake was a revered pagan symbol, and perhaps this was a figurative tale alluding to the fact that he drove paganism out of Ireland.

Saint Patrick's Day (March 17th), is an Irish holiday
honoring Saint Patrick, the missionary credited with
converting the Irish to Christianity (in the A.D. 400's).

As the Irish emigrated around the world, they took
the St. Pat's celebration with them. The Irish
heritage has had a profound influence on our nation.
The St. Patrick's Day custom came to America in 1737.
That was the first year St. Patrick's Day was publicly
celebrated in this country, in Boston.

Green is associated with Saint Patrick's Day because
it is the color of spring, Ireland, and the shamrock.


All The Shamrocks In Ireland Can't Compete With
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Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter
Lullabies, dreams and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drum
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes...
That's the Irish for you!

I'll Wear a Shamrock

St. Patrick's Day is with us,
The day when all that's seen
To right and left and everywhere
Is green, green, green!

And Irish times they whistle
And Irish songs they sing,
Today each Irish lad walks out
As proud as any king.

I'll wear a four-leaf shamrock
In my coat, the glad day through,
For my father and mother are Irish
And I am Irish, too!

-Mary Carolyn Davies

Here's A Couple Family Favorite Recipe's

Irish Whiskey Pie

1 chocolate ready-to-use pie crust
1/4 c. Irish whiskey
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 T. mint jelly
2 3/4 c. whipped topping

2 T. sugar
2 eggs, separated
green food coloring
2/3 c. light cream
dash salt

Combine gelatin, 1 Tablespoon sugar, and salt in saucepan.
Beat egg yolks lightly. Add egg yolks, cream and whiskey
to gelatin mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly,
until mixture thickens slightly. Stir in mint jelly.
Chill until mixture begins to thicken.
Beat egg whites to soft peaks.
Beat in remaining sugar until mixture holds a stiff peak.
Fold meringue and 2 cups whipped topping into custard mixture.
Add green food coloring to desired shade. Turn into crust.
Garnish with remaining whipped topping and refrigerate until
firm. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours before cutting.

Apple Fritters

5 oz Flour
5 fl oz Water
1/4 t Salt
2 Eggs (separated)
1 T Melted butter

2 Large cooking apples
4 oz Sugar
Lemon juice
Oil for deep frying 
Servings: 4

Make batter at least an hour before required, using following method.
Sift together flour and salt. Make a well in the center.
Add the cooled melted butter and some of the water and egg yolks.
Work in the flour and beat until smooth. Add remaining water.
Leave to stand. Just before using, beat the egg whites until
stiff but not dry. Fold into batter mix.
Peel, core and slice apples (slices about 1/4-1/2 inch thick).
Dip into batter and deep fry in very hot oil (175-180C) until golden.
Drain and serve dredged with sugar and sprinkled with lemon juice.

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In America, Saint Patrick's Day is a basically a time to
wear green and party. As the saying goes, on this day
"everybody is Irish!" Over 100 U.S. cities now hold Saint
Patrick's Day parades, the largest held in New York City.

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