St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. He was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. At the age of 16, Patrick was taken prisoner and transported to Ireland where he spent 6 years in captivity. During this time he worked as a shepherd before later escaping back to Britain.
One night he had a dream of a visit from an angel. The dream had such a profound impact on him that he returned to Ireland as a missionary where he worked to convert Irish people to Christianity.
Popular legend suggests that as St. Patrick was thinking about how to explain his ideas to the Irish people, he passed through a field of shamrocks. Looking at the shamrocks he saw three leaves, but one plant and he believed that this symbolized the Trinity, one God but three Persons in the one God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. With this idea St. Patrick traveled all over Ireland with his shamrock preaching and converting.
The stamp features an image of St. Patrick which is from a stained glass window in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Co Armagh.
Title: St. Patrick’s Day 2010
Date of Issue: 18 February, 2010
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