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The History Of Saint Patrick - A Short Story
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The History Of Saint Patrick - A Short Story I made this for St. Patrick's day. Most of you probably imagine a Leprechaun or clovers when you hear of St. Patrick. Who is this man, and why do we celebrate him? I accidentally put in the wrong date for when St. Patrick was born. I blame that on staying up for 36 hours to finish the video. :-P ----- St. Patrick was born, not in Ireland, but in Britian around AD 35. Well, actually, he wasn't called St. Patrick at the time, or even Patrick, but was referred to as Maewyn Succat. Good thing he changed his name later, St. Maewyn's Day doesn't have the same ring. We'll stick with Patrick just in case I'm slaughtering that pronunciation. Patrick was quite far from being a saint growing up. Until he was 16 he considered a pagan, or maybe even an atheist by today's definition. It was at that age when he was taken into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that attacked his village. Patrick was sold to his master, a Druid chief in Ireland, and served him for 6 years. It was during his captivity that he became a Christian. One day he heard what he described as a voice compelling him in his sleep to leave his master, and find a ship that awaited him. He fled to the coast of Ireland, and eventually made it back to his home. He then decided to study in the monastery, and stayed there for 12 years, during which he decided that his calling was to convert the pagans to Christianity. Eventually he adpoted his Christian name, Patricius, or Patrick as we know it, and returned to Ireland after being appointed a Bishop. Patrick was very successful at winning converts, which upset the Celtic Druids who had him arrested several times, but he managed to escape each arrest. Patrick traveled through Ireland, establishing monasteries, schools, and churches throughout the land. Eventually Patrick returned to where he had once been a slave, to pay his ransom to his former master, and to impart his "blessing" upon him. Despite being treated cru

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