St. Patrick’s Day Attire
March 17th is the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. As legend has it, Patrick was Roman living in Britain when he was captured by Irish slave traders. These slave traders took him to Ireland where he served as a shepherd. Patrick says his faith grew at this time and then he escaped after 6 years and returned home. After just a few years at home he returned to Ireland as a missionary and converted tons of people to the Christian faith while ridding the entire Emerald Island of snakes (so they say).
For various reasons St. Patrick’s day has risen in prominence in America to a day where everyone wears green and pinches those who don’t. The irony is that protestants participate in this tradition just as much as everyone else.
And yet it is historically inappropriate for Protestant (and especially Presbyterian) Christians to wear green. In Ireland, the color of protestants is orange. The bloody struggles between the protestants and catholics in Ireland has been terrible, nevertheless orange is our color.
Have you ever seen an Irish flag? Orange and Green separated by a field of white. The flag itself is a reminder to keep peace (white) between protestants (Orange) and catholics (green).
So tomorrow, wear orange and wear it proudly!