Thursday, March 17, 2011

Saint Patrick

{Hill of Slane}
In 433 on the Holy Saturday, the pagan High King of Tara, Laeghaire, was to light a fire when all others were extinguished to show that he only would provide for his people.  On this night, Saint Patrick is said to have lit a paschal fire on the hill of Slane as a challenge.  The druids warned that these flames must be put out immediately or they would symbolize the movement of Christ across the land.

{Monasterboice}
Monasterboice in County Louth, Ireland was founded in the 5th century by Saint Buithe, a disciple of Saint Patrick. This lovely place is now full of 10th century high crosses.
{Gallarus Oratory}
The legacy of Saint Patrick continued through the centuries in Ireland. Gallarus Oratory is a dry stone early Christian church on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland. It was built between the 6th and 9th centuries using dry-stone corbelling techniques that were first developed by Neolithic tomb-makers.
{March 2000}

De Waal, E. (1997). 
New York, NY: Doubleday.

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