Welcome to Season Two! I’m very excited to start this season off with an episode about Ireland’s patron Saint, Saint Patrick (Pádraig in Irish). He left such an impression on the Irish that we dedicated a day to him to celebrate his work on 17 March. This holiday is usually associated with street parties, the colour green and drinking too much alcohol…

However, I want to share with you the history behind this celebration. In particular, I speak about Patrick’s incredible life and his journey which, unfortunately, doesn’t receive the attention it deserves.

St Patrick went from being a poor, isolated slave to becoming a hero in Ireland; how did he manage this? Well, that’s what this episode is all about.

So, what will you learn from this episode?

  • What Ireland was like pre-Christianity
  • What the Romans thought of us
  • How Saint Patrick arrived in Ireland
  • The impact he had on Ireland (not just with regards to Christianity!)
  • Vocabulary for speaking about religion

As you may know, I’ve decided (at least for the time being) to stop making the PDF guides. Instead, I’m going to add some vocabulary from the episode right here in the blog post and also include some extra vocabulary.

Because Saint Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, it’s only natural that some vocabulary related to religion should be covered in this episode. Let’s check that out below.

Vocabulary Related to Religion

  • Pray: the act of communicating with one’s God (Noun: a prayer)
  • Worship: celebrate one’s God for example via a certain religious ceremony
  • Kneel: to sit on your knees (as some people pray this way)
  • A blessing: a favour/gift given by God
  • A Priest: a person (a man) whose job it is to deliver religious ceremonies and other official religious duties in the Catholic church
  • A nun: a woman who has devoted herself to God and who usually takes vows of chastity, poverty and obedience
  • A monk: a man who has devoted herself to God and who usually takes vows of chastity, poverty and obedience
  • A missionary: a person whose goal is to introduce Christianity to a certain area or do something that is classed as ‘God’s work’
  • A pilgrimage: a long journey taken to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion

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