St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most Christian holidays on the calendar. Yet, somehow the story of this Christian missionary (from Britain) has been lost in a cacophony of over-the-top parties and drunkenness and myths about Patrick having something to do with snakes (which he didn’t).
Why not tell your kids the true story of St. Patrick? Here are two books to help you do so. I decided to post them now so you’d have the opportunity to purchase them before March 17th (or to check out your church library – as I did).
I thought I knew a lot about St. Patrick’s story … and I did … but there is a lot I didn’t know. The Story of St. Patrick is a picture book for young kids telling the true facts, and as an extra component, there is a two-page explanation in the front of the book directed at parents which details a lot of facts which I haven’t heard before. Well worth the purchase to your kids’ library. This book is a product of Voice of the Martyrs.
For older kids – Saint Patrick, Pioneer Missionary to Ireland, by Michael J. McHugh, is the biography of Saint Patrick. The book is 150 pages long and is written as an adventure story. The author also includes the words of St. Patrick’s hymn.
The most familiar part goes:
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me.
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right. Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, christ when I rise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me.
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me.
Christ in every eye that sees me.
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Again, a valuable book to purchase for your home or classroom.