Thursday, March 17, 2016

Lunch with a Leprechaun

A leprechaun server
Did you know that "Saint Patrick" is not a saint? That's right. He was never canonized, meaning he is NOT an "official" Catholic saint (though he does have a feast day, March 17, and many Catholic churches are named after him). When early Christian admirers began calling him a "saint" because of his good works, the title just stuck.

Did you know that Bishop Patrick (aka Saint Patrick) who is celebrated as the patron saint of Ireland was not even Irish? True fact. He was British. Kidnapped in his early teens and forced to work as a slave in Ireland, he was able to escape after receiving a vision in a dream. Years later, he became a Catholic priest and, after receiving another guiding dream, returned to Ireland to spread the promise of salvation.

Around the world, March 17th is now celebrated by people of all different faiths and cultures. Boiled potatoes, corned beef and cooked cabbage is the traditional holiday fare in the United States and anyone who fails to wear a small bit of green (the traditional color of Irish Catholics) is subject to
being pinched at random by friendly acquaintances. [It is an evil tradition, if you ask me. I always forget to wear green!]

Living in a small town, like I do, has its benefits because most local establishments are laid back enough to allow holiday vigor. One such place in my community is a small pizzeria. Though dressing up does not encourage bigger daytime tips from patrons (though there will likely be plenty of tipping at bars/pubs tonight), some festive servers do our community a service on Saint Patrick's Day by bringing good cheer via the means of dressing up in "Irish" garb.

As I mentioned, I am NOT dressed in green today. I don't know if I even own any green. But allow me to add to the work of my leprechaun friend by extending an Irish blessing to you and yours.

May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. 
May your heart be as light as a song. 
May each day bring you bright, happy hours. 
That stay with you all year long.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
(Note the green.)

P. S. Did you spread any "Irish" cheer today? If so, how? Please post in the comments section below. I would love to read how you celebrated!

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