BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Happy St. Patrick’s Day! But why is March 17th the day people celebrate for one of the most famous missionaries in the world? Find out all the details in this special edition of, “This Day in History”.
On this in 432 A.D., Saint Patrick, makes his way back to Ireland as only the Catholic church’s second missionary to the island. Years earlier, at the age of 16, he was carried off from Great Britain, to Ireland as a slave. In his book Confessio, which he wrote late in life, Patrick served as a slave for the next six years. During that time he worked as a herder in Ireland. He wrote that he turned to his deepening religious faith for comfort. While sleeping one night, he said a voice spoke to him and encouraged him to find a way out. He escaped and found passage on a ship to Britain, where he reunited with his family. Patrick wrote that his return to the country, where he once served as a slave, was a calling from God to Christianize Ireland.
On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Though his actual date of death is not entirely known, this date and year are widely believed to be accurate.
On this day in 1753, the first official St. Patrick’s Day is held in Ireland.
On this day in 1756, St. Patrick’s Day makes its way stateside, as it is first celebrated in New York City at Crown & Thistle Tavern. The first parade honoring the Catholic feast day of St. Patrick, was held by Irish soldiers serving in the British army.
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