Monday, 17 March 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

   Although St. Patrick is more of an Irish saint and holiday, I have a doll of him made by the Polish doll makers in Warsaw - Mr. & Mrs. Kaliszewski. I found him online, on E-bay.
About 11 inches tall. Made in Poland.
   Saint Patrick (Latin; Patricius: Proto-Irish) was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the "Apostle of Ireland"' he is the primary patron saint of the island.

   When he was about 16, he was captured from his home in Great Britain, and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After becoming a cleric, he returned to northern and western Ireland. In later life, he served as an ordained bishop, but little is know about the places where he worked. By the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.
With bishop's hat (cross on it) holding a staff and a shamrock.
   St. Patrick's Day is observed on 17 March, the date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation; it is also a celebration of Ireland itself.