Monday, March 17, 2008

Saint Patrick’ Day/Easter Monday

What can be more appropriate than visiting St. Patrick's Church at St. Patrick's Day?

Or visiting the crypt where the original sheet musics to Händel's Messiah were kept by the no less famous Dean Swift. Easter Monday the view of the G.P.O. and the Irish flag remind us of the brave few from 1916 who gave Ireland back her freedom.

In St. Steven's Green learning the history of Ireland like I never knew it before. Memories fade like old pictures, but Ireland's history is engraved in my heart.


Amrita said...

Happy St Patrick 's Day.

Did you wear green?

we have a St patrick 's church here too about 3 kms. from here, its Catholic.

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
of course I wore green.
The wonderful thing about the Irish is that their two most famous churches, St. Patrick Church and Christ Church still belong to the Church of Ireland, (Anglican) even though The Republic of Ireland won her freedom almost an hundred years ago.
The Catholics were strongly persecuted and segregated, but promised they would not return evil with evil.
That promise they've kept till this day.
An example to people all over the world.
From Felisol

Mrs. Mac said...

Well, it's a wee bit past St. Patrick's Day here in the USA ... but a fine blessing to you just the same. Everyone is a bit Irish on St. Paddy's Day, eh? Are your pictures from a previous trip ... or more recent? My dad's is Irish & Danish ... & hubby is Scotch-Irish/German ... we're regular 'muts' but do love to claim our Irish heritage (most of the time ;) ... I hope your day was filled with great music, food, friends & love. May the Lord's blessing be always with you.

Felisol said...

Dear Mrs.Mac,
thank you for visiting.
My Irish pictures were taken when Serina was 16, that must be four years ago. How fast times goes by.
The last was from a journey made in 1981....that IS a long time ago.
To my knowledge I have no Irish ancestors, but I felt like coming home the first time I visited the country.
So may be back in ancient viking days there was some.
Gunnar and Serina have their Icelandic book (Isléndinga bók] where they have found some Irish ancestors.
Nevertheless Ireland is in my heart forever, it's so very special.
Danes and the Irish connected a long, long time ago. So that must be a perfect mix. I think it was Danish vikings who founded Dublin, Or was it Norwegians?
There's an exhibition of old Dublin connected to Christ Church. I've seen it with Gunnar and Serina.

I think your hubby is of a good blend as well.
I like Scotland and have had a German friend since 1970. We met when she was an exchange student where I went to nurse school.
She's visited me several times and I have also had the pleasure of
learning to know her and her family in Bielefeld.
They were all lovely people. Now both her Mom and Dad are dead.
That's the pain we have to face with getting older. The parent generation slowly fades away.
I am lucky having my Mom living with us for the time being.
Just experiencing valuable, happy moments together despite illness and hardships.

Well, now I am far away from St. Patrick, am I not???
I just love the Irish when they talk about their Saint as if he were their close friend, using a Shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity and so on.
Or the busy women rushing into a church with her baby in a pram, kneeling before the altar, and then moving on with her business.
I'd never been to a Catholic church before I came to Ireland first time. We are so protestantly oriented in Norway.
I decided to go to mass and was heartedly surprised to learn we all have the same Apostolic Creed.

Guess Ill have any problem to attend to any church's service as long as we have the same foundation.

That's all for now. Hope you and your family will have a peaceful Pass Over, Mrs.Mac.
I remember all your children inmy prayers.
Yours Felisol

Jim said...

Hi Felisol, I hope your St. Patrick day was happy! It seemed to be, what with you in green going around pinching everyone!

I can't remember if my Manx ancestors were banished to the Isle of Man from Ireland or Scotland. One.
And to, on St. Patricks everyone can be Irish.

We may be going back to Ireland again this spring. Karen and Billy want to go, we are looking at a self-driving package trip for April. Booked through AerLingus.

Jim said...

Hi Felisol. I was pleased to hear what St. Patrick said about the shamrock. About the three leaves going together as one, and being symbolic of the Trinity: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and The Holy Spirit. Thank you.

Now, I have made an award to you of the "You Make The World A Better Place" award. Merle, my blogging buddy of Australia, gave this to me, I couldn't see that you had received this one.
The details are on my JIM'S LITTLE BLOG. I hope you like it.

Jim said...

Happy Easter Felisol!

Since you posted we have made reservations for six nights in Ireland in April.

We will stay one night at the Regency Hotel hotel in Dublin, four nights in 'country B&B's,' and the last night at the Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt. A car is provided but not insurance on the car.

Flying from Houston was pretty economical this way, it was through the AerLingus Vacation Store,