Sunday, March 17, 2013

So, You Think You Know About St. Patrick – a Quiz

St. Patrick was born in Ireland: True or False?
      False – St. Patrick was born in England.

St. Patrick was born to a poor family: True or False?
      False - His father was a wealthy alderman.

St. Patrick was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave: True or False?
      True - Pirates captured Patrick during a raid and then sold       as a slave. He worked as a shepherd of an Irish Chieftain in Ulster. He was enslaved for six years.

Was St. Patrick Catholic, Mormon or Catholic?
     Christian. He was raised in a Christian home but gave himself over to the religion when he was held captive.

Green was St. Patrick’s favorite color: True or False?
     Who knows for sure? Blue was the color that used to be traditionally associated with the saint, but changed to green.

St. Patrick founded about 75 churches, 150 churches or 300 churches?

It is said that Patrick baptized more than 50,000 people: True or False?
     False. It is believed that St. Patrick baptized more than 120,000 people.

After 20 years, St. Patrick went back to his home in England: True or False?
      False. Patrick preached in Ireland for the rest of his life. He had established monasteries, churches and schools.

March 17th marks St. Patrick’s birthday or death?

St. Patrick used a three-leaf shamrock to explain the trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit: True or False?
     Neither. This is a legend that may or may not have happened. However, it is believed that the shamrock became a symbol of Ireland as a result of this legend.

Sources: World Book and Encyclopedia Britannica
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