Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Lucky Shamrock Contest

Ever Wonder How St. Patrick's Day Came to Be? Here's the story!


Patrick was made a Bishop by Pope Celestine in the year 432 and, together with a small band of followers, traveled to Ireland to commence the conversion. Patrick confronted the most powerful man in Ireland – Laoghaire, The High King of Tara – as he knew that if he could gain his support that he would be safe to spread the word throughout Ireland. To get his attention Patrick and his followers lit a huge fire to mark the commencement of Spring. Tradition had it that no fire was to be lit until the Kings fire was complete, but Patrick defied this rule and courted the confrontation with the King.

The King rushed into action and travelled with the intention of making war on the holy delegation. Patrick calmed the King and with quiet composure impressed the King that he had no other intention than that of spreading the word of the Gospel. The King accepted the missionary, much to the dismay of the Druids who feared for their own power and position in the face of this new threat. They commanded that he make snow fall. Patrick declined to do so stating that this was Gods work. Immediately it began to snow, only stopping when Patrick blessed himself.

Still trying to convince the King of his religion Patrick grasped at some Shamrock growing on the ground. He explained that there was but one stem on the plant, but three branches of the leaf, representing the Blessed Trinity. The King was impressed with his sincerity and granted him permission to spread the word of his faith, although he did not convert to Christianity himself.

Patrick and his followers were free to spread their faith throughout Ireland and did so to great effect. He drove paganism (symbolized by the snake) from the lands of Eireann.

Patrick was tempted by the Devil whilst on a pilgrimage at Croagh Patrick. For his refusal to be tempted, God rewarded him with a wish. Patrick asked that the Irish be spared the horror of Judgement Day and that he himself be allowed to judge his flock. Thus, the legend that Ireland will disappear under a sea of water seven years before the final judgement, was born.

Patrick died on March 17th in the year 461 at the age of 76. It is not known for sure where his remains were laid although Downpatrick in County Down in the North of Ireland is thought to be his final resting place. His influence is still felt to this day as nations the world over commemorate him on March 17th of every year.


Here’s how: The White Roses are holding a Lucky Shamrock contest to celebrate our new home, White Rose Publishing. All you have to do to win a pot o eBooks donated by participating authors is answer this simple question:

QUESTION: When St. Patrick showed a three-sided shamrock, the flower of Ireland, to the king, what was he comparing it to?

Leave your answer as a comment and you will be entered in the Lucky Shamrock contest. The winner will receive a delightful assortment of eBooks. Good luck!


Miss Nessa said...

The Trinity

Donna B said...

The holy trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

God bless you all! Have a wonderful day!

Linda Swift said...

Answer: To the Trinity -the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Lovely story. Happy St. Patrick's Day to all.

This is my wedding anniversary. My husband always remembers it! So win or lose, this is my lucky day.

Beth Caudill said...

The Blessed Trinity

Anonymous said...

Looks like it's the trinity.I would have guessed it was the cross, but after reading the other comments, I'm betting on the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Anonymous said...

The Trinity.

Judy said...

The Blessed Trinity

Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all!

LuAnn said...

The Trinity!

Cate Masters said...

The Blessed Trinity.
Happy St. Pat's Day! And congrats on the White Rose Line launch!

Abi said...

The Trinity.

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Jennette Green said...

The blessed Trinity! :)

Mary Ricksen said...

The trinity. Hope you all have wonderful green day!

Debra St. John said...

The Trinity. Great post, by the way. This is really interesting.

Kammie said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Hope I'm not too late.

The concept of the Trinity. The union of three divine persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in one God.

Sharon Donovan said...

On behalf of the white roses, we would like to thank all who participated in this contest. It's always difficult to choose a winner, so one was drawn at randam.
And the winner is...Linda Swift! Congratulations, Linda--and Happy Anniversary! Please send your contact information to:
for a Pot of eBooks by participating white rose authors. Enjoy!

Linda Swift said...

I can't believe I won! The luck of the Irish was with me on this one. I've never won a book before.
And on my wedding anniversary day besides. What a lovely gift to have 13 new books to read. My thanks to all the wonderful authors in the new White Rose group. I wish each of you much succes
Wow. I'm still trying to absorb this book bonanza. Linda

Nicola said...

Congrats! Linda. And, Sharon, Thanks for organizing the contest. What fun!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Yes, Congratulations Linda and Thank You, Sharon.