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 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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