Knitting Idea: Irish Moss Stitch (I couldn’t resist! It’s St. Patrick’s day!)
Multiple of 3 sts. Since this pattern has a multiple of 3 stitches, I increased my seed stitch border to 6 stitches on each end which left 36 stitches in the middle to work the Irish mesh stitch. I am working with 48 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): work 6 stitches in seed stitch k2, *yo, sl 1, k2, psso; rep from * to the last st, k1 work six Stitches in seed stitch.
Row 2: 6 stitches in seed stitch purl 36 and last six stitches in seed stitch.
Row 3: Work six stitches in seed stitch, k1, *sl 1, k2, psso, yo; rep from * to the last 2 sts, k2 then work six stitches in seed stitch.
Row 4: same as row 2
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St. Patrick’s day. Below is a summary of who St. Patrick was:
Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”. The Declarationsays that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.
According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands”. Patrick’s efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland (Ireland never had any snakes).
Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland’s foremost saint.
St. Patrick was an evangelist. That’s my title as well although I haven’t been able to convert thousands!!! Maybe I should use the shamrock to explain the trinity? We’ve been down that road all ready.
How to do evangelism:
Practice the love of God in everything. The Benedictines consider their work a prayer. Everything the monks and nuns do is for the glory of God. Getting someone a cup of hot coffee can be a sacramental moment (an outward expression of the love of God). Sitting and listening. Providing hospitality and food. Creating beauty.
Proclaim it: My grandmother took me to the communion rail at a very young age and whispered in my ear that God loves me very much. I believed her. I knew she loved me very much and I equated her love for me with God’s love for me. As an adult, I realize what a gift she gave me. The more I read the gospels, the more I realize the love God has for all of us. The stories of Jesus have penetrated my heart and changed me. My response to understanding the love of God for all people is to tell everyone that they are loved.
Picture it: I envision a world where people know they are loved by God, experience the abundance of God’s creation and are able to participate in a community that accepts and encourages people to become their best selves. The first step is to imagine what this might look like and then to work step by step to make it so.