Today begins the Novena to Saint Patrick, who changed the history of New York

Jasjot Singh

This March 8 we begin the Novena to Saint Patrick, whose devotion among the Irish of New York (United States) made this city turn green every year.

Saint Patrick was born in Britannia (Great Britain) around the year 385. As a young man he was taken captive to the island of Ireland. There he worked as a slave for six years.

When he regained his freedom, he followed the path of the priesthood and, in maturity, became bishop of those lands.

The patronage of Ireland is held together with Saint Bridget and Saint Columba. Saint Patrick is considered by tradition to be the one who introduced Christianity to Ireland since he became the greatest missionary on the island at the time of the spread of the Gospel in Insular Europe.

He had the ability to simply explain the things of God.

Saint Patrick used to use a three-pointed cloverleaf to explain the Trinity, making an analogy between the three points of the cloverleaf and the three divine persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), different and distinguishable but that make up a single reality.

“I was like a stone in a deep mine; and he who is mighty came, and in his mercy he lifted me up and set me on a wall,” said Saint Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland whose feast day falls on March 17.

Close to his party, here is a novena in his honor:

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