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Friday, April 5, 2013
St. Patrick or one of the second comings
According to legend, today is the anniversary of St. Patrick's return to Ireland and the beginning of his ministry to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity.
The story has been passed the down over the centuries that Paddy was the son a wealthy Brit, who as a child had been kidnapped and brought to County Mayo, Ireland by a raiding party. He was held captive for 6 years before a "voice" encouraged Pat to make his escape and return to England. Once home, another "voice" encourage Patrick to return to Ireland and convert the heathens to Christianity.
It took 15 years but Paddy returned, supposedly on April 5, 456. Or so the Irish say.