From the Women's Christian Fellowship Circle
St. Patrick’s Prayer-March Devotional
St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th. Was there really a St. Patrick? A myth says he drove all the snakes out of Ireland; even though snakes were not native to Ireland.
Around year 400AD Patrick was kidnapped and carried off to become a slave. He worked as a shepherd tending his master's sheep. One night while tending sheep; he fell asleep and had a dream. In the dream, he was called by angels to preach the Gospel. He later escaped his master and found his way to a monastery where he stayed for 15 years preparing for missionary work, he became a priest. Few Christians were living in Ireland at this time, so Patrick spread Christianity throughout the land and brought an organized church into existence.
Today, people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Some people have lucky charms, some drink green beer. The city of New York turns the Hudson River green. Shamrocks are a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day. None of these traditions are an accurate representation of St. Patrick except for the shamrock.
The shamrock is worn on St. Patrick’s Day because legend says St. Patrick used its three leaves to teach Christians about the Holy Trinity. The Trinity is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as three divine persons who are One Divine Being, GOD. In wearing a shamrock, it is showing others we are Christians believing in the Holy Trinity.
St. Patrick had a dedicated prayer life. His most frequent prayer was the “Prayer to Christ” which was in scripted on his breastplate. A breastplate in those days was a body armor worn across the chest. This prayer is known to us today as "The Morning Prayer," one that we all say a line or two of daily, and we don't even realize it is from St. Patrick's prayer. Lines like, "Lord be with me," or "Lord help me when I rise up today."
Remembering St. Patrick is right, but not for the lucky charms or candy we see in all the stores. He was a saint, a great missionary and a teacher for all who wanted to believe. Wearing a shamrock isn't such a bad idea if it helps you remember to pray. Mainly, we must all remember that prayer is our way to touch Christ every day and we must never forget He is waiting to hear from us.