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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Saint Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland

This plaque is situated at the entrance to St Patricks Church in Vancouver,BC

It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Although his father was a Christian deacon, it has been suggested that he probably took on the role because of tax incentives and there is no evidence that Patrick came from a particularly religious family. At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. It is also believed that St Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.

On my travels around England I came across this sacred spot in the middle of a council estate in Liverpool. The plaque reads "Near this spot stood the mediaeval Saint Patricks Cross which traditionally was believed to mark the place where Saint Patrick preached before sailing to Ireland in AD 432"

Wishing you the luck of the Irish Happy Saint Patricks Day

Location:Saint Patricks Church, Vancouver BC

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