What was Saint Patrick's full name

Ireland's shamrock - The national symbol of Ireland

To clear up a common misconception, no, Ireland's shamrock is not the official national symbol of the Emerald Isle. This is the harp, which incidentally makes Ireland the only country in the world to have a musical instrument on its coat of arms. So how did it come about that the lucky shamrock is so closely linked to Ireland today as the Guinness or the Leprechaun? The Irish airline Air Lingus adorns dozens of Irish products and, if we think of Ireland, it immediately springs to mind. We are looking for clues for you.

Myths surrounding Ireland's shamrock

  • The shamrock was already something special in pre-Christian times. He was said to have magical and healing powers. The Celts believed that drinking a brew made from clover cleansed the blood.
  • On Rathlin Island off the north coast of Ireland, the residents told the legend that rubbed shamrocks on the eyelids and made an enchanted fairy island visible. This is said to be between Rathlin and the Irish mainland, but no human being has ever set foot on this island.
  • There seems to be a close connection between fairies and shamrocks, because another legend has persisted from the early Middle Ages to this day: the finder of a four-leaf clover is able to see fairies and attract them with the clover.

St. Patrick and the Irish shamrock

It was St. Patrick who made the shamrock, the three-leaf clover, the symbol of Ireland. Like so much in Ireland, this is based on a legend:

St. Patrick traveled through Ireland as a missionary, converting clan leaders and druids to the Christian faith. Since he spoke the Irish language, many Irish trusted him and were open to his beliefs. Many, but not all. A clan leader made fun of St. Patrick's words in front of the assembled clan. In particular, he ridiculed the statement about the importance of the Holy Trinity. Even more, the clan leader pictorially presented to his clan the unity of father, son and holy spirit as a gruesome, three-headed monster.

The mood among those gathered fluctuated from incredulous mockery of St. Patrick's words to open aggression: “What did this strange man who ran along want to tell you? Should you believe in a monster? " The clan leader whipped people more and more with his words and soon they would have taken up arms when something strange happened.

Saint Patrick bent down and plowed a shamrock from the ground. It had three leaves and this he held out to the angry people. In a calm voice he said, “See, there is nothing terrifying or demonic about the unity of Father, Son and Spirit. It is like this shamrock: perfect, beautiful, full of life and hope! " He spoke to them of the Son's love for men and of the Father's goodness.

The people paused and let the words of St. Patrick echo within them. Even the grim features of the previously so mocking clan leader smoothed out. When St. Patrick finished speaking, it was completely silent. Only slowly did the people break out of their rigidity and look at each other. On the same day, all clan members, as well as the clan leader, were baptized Christian by St. Patrick. From now on, St. Patrick always picked up a three-leaf clover to explain his faith to non-Christians.

Ireland's shamrock becomes a national symbol

From then on, St. Patrick was forever associated with the three-leaf clover and the clover found its way into many depictions of the saint. Today the Irish three-leaf clover adorns many products from Ireland, Ireland's airline, and is still a part of some Irish customs today. For example, clover is included in Irish bridal bouquets. It brings happiness to the love life and is supposed to provide for offspring soon.

Ireland's shamrock

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