On St. Patrick’s Day, the world goes green. But who inspired this global celebration –a man, a saint, or a glorious Irish myth?
As a British teenager enslaved on an Irish farm in the 5th century, Patrick doesn’t believe in God. But when he escapes, has an epiphany, and takes up the Church’s cause, he returns to Ireland determined to convert its many pagan tribes to Christianity. Defying Church conservatism, he begins an evangelistic crusade to bring about the Second Coming of Christ.
200 years later, to unite their disparate peoples under one saintly banner, imaginative Irish monks turn Patrick’s story into a potent mix of folklore and fantasy. It worked, and today this apocalyptic priest’s legacy has become a life-affirming fusion of religious worship, reconciliation and ribald secular celebration.