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by Tamara Hillman
March Country Ramblin's 08

March is here, and hopefully snow in the North Country is melting away. Spring flowers should be popping their heads through the last remnants of white that covers yards and gardens. If not, take heart! Winters always seem long, and this particular one was especially hard-hitting in most parts of the country, (doesn’t say much for “Global Warming” does it?) Tee-hee! I couldn’t resist…

Anyway, this month we have two holidays to look forward to—Easter is early and crowding St. Patrick’s Day.

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I’m part Irish, as most folks who know me can attest since I have the Irish sense of humor and temper! It is on my mother’s side that I acquired this bloodline. My ancestors in the old country are actually called Black Irish. From history books, I’ve learned these people were partially of Spanish decent due to an invasion soon after the Vikings invaded. So the Irish tend to be either a fair-skinned, redheaded Viking-mix, or fair-skinned, dark-haired Spanish-mix. That would be me. (Seems the poor Irish were being picked on a lot in early history.) The one thing most Irish have in common though is their green eyes.

Well, anyway, my point is: I love St. Paddy’s Day, and corn beef and cabbage with boiled potatoes. It tastes grand to me though I’m not Irish Catholic but a good ol’ Southern Baptist.

Of course, there really was a Catholic saint named for this day. St. Patrick was born in circa 385, and died in 461. He was, and is, a national hero to the Irish for bringing Christianity to the region when it was banned.

This holiday was made a feast day in the Catholic Church due to the influence of Franciscan scholar, Luke Wadding. He declared it a Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church in the 17th century. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated each March 17th except when Easter is early, as it is this year, and St. Paddy’s Day interferes with Holy Week. This happens rarely but did so in 1913, and now again in 2008. It will be celebrated March 15th in Ireland this year.

You see, Easter is always the Sunday after the first full moon of Spring Equinox—which is March 20th. It is based on the lunar calendar the Hebrew people used to identify when Passover took place. (I got this information from an email buddy, Jim Cowan, who sent a great explanation of Easter, and why we celebrate on the actual date.)

These are both nice Christian holidays, so go out in your silly green hats and shamrocks to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day whether you’re Irish Catholic or of another Christian faith. And don’t forget the TRUE meaning of Easter—Our wonderful Savior rose from the dead to ascend into Heaven and be with His Heavenly Father.

I only wish these following words were my own…Granny Tam

Crucifix glowingJesus had no servants, yet they called Him MASTER.

He had no degree, yet they called Him TEACHER.

He had no medicines, yet they called Him HEALER.

He had no army, yet kings feared Him.

He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.

He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb, yet HE LIVES today.

Here is my rendition of an Irish Limerick, and my Easter Poem for this year…

MISSING IRELAND
How far I have come from dear Ireland—

From Erin to “Land of the Free.
My heart left on the shore
I shall visit no more
My image they shall never see.
©2003

HE LIVES

Jesus rose from the dead, as He promised—

He gave ‘Life Everlasting’ to me.

Jesus On The Cross For UsFrom the cross, He came down, entered the ground

and spent three days in Hell for to see.

Easter morning He rose in fulfilling

His Father’s great plan for my sins…

He made that sacrifice—I owe Him my life,

for Heaven’s Gate I can now enter in.

 

Tamara Hillman

©2008

 

 



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