Grace and peace. This is the week we celebrate our patron saint. Patrick of Ireland lived a long time ago. Born in Britain in circa 390, he was captured by slave traders bound for Ireland when he was sixteen. He escaped five years later and made his way back to Britain where he dedicated his life to Christ. He was ordained and eventually consecrated a bishop. Twenty years after escaping slavery, he experienced a vision to return to Ireland as a missionary. Over the next thirty years, he found great success explaining the fundamentals of Christianity to the Irish people. He is the patron saint of Ireland and of this parish church located in Washington. (We are the first Anglican/Episcopal church named after Patrick in the Western Hemisphere.) If we were attempting to emulate Patrick in this century, we might focus on some of his key qualities:
This weekend is full of activities celebrating Patrick. On Friday, the Day School will celebrate with a day full of festivities including a worship service at 8:30am, the annual recitation contest, and other events. On Saturday, we will remember Patrick’s compassion for all people with Service Saturday beginning at St. Patrick’s at 10:30am and concluding downtown with the distribution of food to our hungry neighbors. Afterwards, we will gather at the home of Julie and Rob Khuzami for lunch and a leprechaun hunt for kids. (please let me know if you will be attending lunch). On Sunday, we will have one service at 10:30am where we will grandly celebrate our patron after which we will gather for the traditional potluck lunch in the Great Hall. For those youth in Grade 5 or higher, we will continue with a Game Day and Sundae making gathering with our youth partners from 2pm-5pm at St. Dunstan’s Church (5450 Massachusetts Ave) (please let me know if your youth will be attending).
I do hope that you will celebrate the spirit of St. Patrick’s with us this weekend.
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