The Man, The Mission, The Parade: Let’s Talk St. Patrick

St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us – Saturday, March 17. As I said in a recent post, our city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade ┬áis one of my favorite Louisville parades. And since the parade always occurs the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll be celebrating it a full week early this year, on March 10.

My friend Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, wrote a great article called “St. Patrick: One Of The Greatest Missionaries Who Ever Lived.” It’s a fascinating, short account of Patrick’s life and missionary strategy. As Pastor Mark says, by the end of Patrick’s life:

“He had seen untold thousands of people convert as between 30-40 of the 150 tribes had become substantially Christian. He had trained 1000 pastors, planted 700 churches, and was the first noted person in history to take a strong public stand against slavery.”

Let his story inspire you to live as a missionary in your neighborhood, and let it remind you to pray for the many Sojourners involved in taking the gospel to the nations.

St. Patrick’s Day is a great chance to show hospitality, to make friends and to use this public celebration as a starting point for teaching our kids about Christ’s call to serve and to teach the gospel. Let them eat candy, let them wear green, take them to the parade, and then teach them about this man of Christ.

From the ancient hymn “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”:

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

  • Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Do you have any fun or meaningful traditions for this day?
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3 Responses to “The Man, The Mission, The Parade: Let’s Talk St. Patrick”

  1. Linda Stepp March 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    A wonderful little boy in our lives named Sage Patrick Fleenor, my grandson, was born on St. Patrick Day 2007. We have a green everything and all the decorations you can think of. Last year on his 4th birthday he thought everyone was celebrating “Sage” Patrick Day. This year he knows the difference. Thanks for the information to help teach him a little more about his special day!

  2. Jessica Speaks March 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    My family is Irish and I grew up with my Grandpa making corned beef & cabbage for dinner every year on St. Patrick’s Day (something I would like to continue as well)…. however, I never knew all this! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Jeff Medders March 10, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    Great post. Thanks brother. Stealing the St. Patrick hymn for my sermon this Sunday.

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