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Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day

If you visit 20 different websites to seek the true origins of St. Patrick's Day, and the history of St. Patrick, you'll discover 20 different answers. So, here's what is actually known:

St. Patrick is considered the Patron Saint of Ireland. He was born in Scotland (though no one is certain where or when) and he became a priest and moved to Ireland to teach pagans, likely soccer hooligans (see my theory below), about God. He died (St. Patrick - NOT God!) on March 17th, 461. There you have it.

My theory is that the holiday has evolved into the greenery it is today because people needed an excuse to wear green - after all, green doesn't go with any fashion season! The green beer thing is where the soccer hooligans come in. Legend has it that one year after a World Cup upset victory an Irish pub ran out of beer. In a desperate effort to keep the hooligans from trashing his establishment, pub owner Tulip O'Smarty (a good Calvinist pub owner) snuck out in the alley and mixed automotive antifreeze with Tussin cough syrup and began serving it as 'Irish beer'.

So, how does the Pastor of Christ's Church celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Shari and I have a standing tradition of joining Peter and Sharon Havens for Corned Beef & Cabbage and a mug of green beer. So, Happy St. Patty's - and you've got a little cabbage stuck in your teeth there.

Warning: The consumption of antifreeze can be harmful or fatal unless you're an Irish Soccer Hooligan in which case your stomach is invincible.


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