Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle. He was born in Britain and was kidnapped and taken to Ireland. He escaped captivity, but returned to Ireland where he taught people about Christianity by explaining the Holy Trinity using the three leaves of the shamrock.
He died on March 17, 461 and his life is celebrated on this date each year. With Saint Patrick's Day falling during Lent, the rules of the Lenten season are waived, as many Irish spend the morning at church and the afternoon eating and celebrating.
The first St. Patrick's Day parade was believed to be held in St. Augustine, Florida back in 1601. Over the next century, the Irish immigrant population grew in America and so did the St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
St. Patrick's Breastplate Prayer
I bind to myself today
God's Power to guide me,
God's Might to uphold me,
God's Wisdom to teach me,
God's Eye to watch over me,
God's Ear to hear me,
God's Word to give me speech,
God's Hand to guide me,
God's Way to lie before me,
God's Shield to shelter me,
God's Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many...
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the stern.
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me
I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.