Someone recently sent me a document after I posted “Should Christians Celebrate St Patrick’s Day?”, but they could not remember where they got it from. I believe I found it at “The ‘Real’ St. Patrick’s Day“. An interesting read, to say the least, and they come to the conclusion that the real Patrick was not only not Catholic but a Sabbatarian.
Here are three reasons why Patrick of Ireland could not have been Roman Catholic. “1. Early Catholic historians and popes avoided mentioning Patrick or his work; until later legendary histories represented him as a Catholic Saint. … The first reason mentioned above happens quite a bit! For example, there is a story about Brian Boru, the king of Ireland around 941-1014 A.D., being the strongest man that ever lived. It was said that he was so strong that he could lift himself off the ground so that no part of him touched the ground! This is impossible and is misinformation! The same thing happened to Patrick by the Catholic Church. “Centuries were to pass before the papacy discovered that his (Patrick’s) merits were too firmly established to be overlooked. It (the Catholic Church) labored to gather Patrick into its fold by inventing all kinds of history and fables to make him a papal hero.” Elder Benjamin Wilkinson, Truth Triumphant, p. 93.
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What day did Patrick himself observe? He kept a seventh day Sabbath, apparently. “This day is called the Sabbath, that is, the day of rest, and such will it truly be to me; for it will put an end to my labors,” he spoke about on Saturday, 9 June, the day of his death. Therefore, they use a play on words to indicate that the Sabbath is the “real” Patrick’s Day.
Of course, if people are going to ignore God, I doubt that this will convince them either.
I did find something interesting at Wikipedia in their “Saint Patrick” article that fits into this quite well (bolding mine):
Most modern scholars of Saint Patrick follow a variant of T. F. O’Rahilly’s “Two Patricks” theory. That is to say, many of the traditions later attached to Saint Patrick actually concerned Palladius, who Prosper of Aquitaine’s Chronicle says was sent by Pope Celestine I as the first bishop to Irish Christians in 431. Palladius was not the only early cleric in Ireland at this time.
As I wrote in the earlier article, the tradition that Patrick taught the trinity using a shamrock has proven to be a fraud, so it now looks like that wasn’t the only fraud perpetrated upon his legacy.
Still, what that leaves us with is not only a holiday filled with pagan symbols that was established by the Catholic Church, but it is also founded upon a huge fraud. It actually does not even honor the man it claims to honor, but rather it dishonors him!
Of course, isn’t the problem with a lot of these holidays to begin with? They are based upon complete lies. Yet, God hates lies and liars (Pr 6:16-19). Liars will have their part in the Lake of Fire (Rev 21:8), so why would anyone think that God be honored by such abominations?
How would Patrick, the real Patrick, have viewed this if these things are so? I can only imagine he would have kept in mind Jesus’ words:
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.