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Why and How to Preach about St. Patrick this St. Patrick’s Day

The life of St. Patrick connects to issues we struggle with today.

Why and How to Preach about St. Patrick this St. Patrick’s Day

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Anglican Pastor.

The pub nearest me has festooned itself with green, orange, and white bunting. My doctor’s waiting room is plastered with cardboard shamrocks that say LUCKY. McDonald’s has brought back (for a limited time) its Shamrock Shake.

Yes, my friends, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and since this year [2019] it falls on a Sunday, we might consider, “Should we preach about the saint, and if so, how?”

Why preach on St. Patrick?

Here are 3 reasons why you should consider preaching about St. Patrick on St. Patrick’s Day.

Name recognition

We Anglicans observe a Christian calendar laden with saints, like Perpetua and Polycarp. But none of those gets parades in New York, Boston, and Chicago. Cyprian does not get a special shake at McDonald’s.

So, when I stand to preach on St. Patrick, I get immediate connection and interest.

Connections to our world

Every saint’s life is “profitable ...

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