Five interesting facts about Saint Patrick:
● Patrick’s given name was Maewyn Succat. He took on the name Patrick when he became a priest.
● St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was born in 385 A.D. in modern-day England—more precisely in Scotland or Wales (scholars’ opinions vary).
● At age 16, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders who sold him as a slave. At age 22, he escaped and made his way to a monastery in England, where he spent 12 years growing closer to God.
● St. Patrick used the shamrock (the three-leaf variety) to preach about the Trinity.
● The original color associated with St. Patrick is blue, not green. He is depicted in several works of art wearing blue vestments. The color green became associated with Ireland later, presumably because of the beautiful green countryside there.
Bonus fact: The odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.
A thought from the Word ...
|Prayers are appreciated for Gaither Vocal Band guitarist and band leader, Kevin Williams. His dearly loved mother, Barbara Williams, passed away Saturday, March 14, at age 75. Read more here...
|You know Gordon Mote as the GVB's amazingly gifted former keyboardist, but if you haven't heard his solo music, you're missing a treat ... the man has some serious soul in his voice! Here, he shares about his latest radio single, "The Other Side," which features a very special guest vocalist.
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