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    St. Patrick’s Life

    Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was a Christian missionary given credited with converting Ireland to Christianity in the AD 400s. So many legends surround his life that the truth is not easily found.

    St Patrick was not actually Irish. His exact birthplace and date is not known. However it is believed he was born around 375AD in Scotland. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, were Romans living in Britain in charge of the colonies.

    His real name is believed to be Maewyn Succat and he took on the name Patrick upon becoming a priest.

    As a teen he was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland to herd and tend sheep on Slemish mountain, Co Antrim.

    During his six-year captivity, he became fluent in the Irish language, he turned to God in prayer. He escaped after having a dream sent from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast where he would find a ship waiting to sail to Britain.

    He is believed to have met up with his parents in Wales before travelling to France where he became a priest and later a bishop.

    Patrick was sent another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him to come and walk among them once more.

    He was set the task of teaching Christianity to the Irish. He travelled throughout Ireland, preaching the Gospel and converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country.

    Patrick preached and converted all over Ireland for 40 years. The date cited for when Ireland was converted to Christianity is 432.

    There is much debate over when and where he died. It is believed he died on 17 March, 460 at Saul, Downpatrick. That is why Saint Patrick’s day is celebrated on March 17th. Some people suggest he was also born on 17 March.

    The clans of Ireland began to bicker over who should receive the honour of having his final resting-place on their land. To avoid this sacrilegious end to his life his friends secreted away his body to bury in a secret grave. Many believe this to be in Downpatrick, County Down, where there is a permanent memorial.

    Patrick’s Profile

    Name: Maewyn Succat (He adopted Patrick or Patricius upon becoming a priest)

    Nationality: Roman Briton

    Born: Around 415 AD

    Travels: At the age of 16 he was brought to Ireland. He later returned to his home in Wales, travelled to France and eventually came back to Ireland.

    Died: March 17th, 493 (Disputed)

    Education: Very little in his early life. He later trained as a cleric in France

    Occupation: Sheep herder for Milchu on Slemish Mountain in Co Antrim and later preacher, baptiser and bishop

    Achievements: Posthumously became Ireland’s patron saint Responsible for the conversion of the island to Christianity

    Publications: Epistle to Coroticus Confessio

    Interests/hobbies:
    Preaching
    Writing
    Travel
    Church-building
    Hillwalking – once spent forty days of Lent on Croagh Patrick

    Legacies: Pota Phadraig: Pota Phadraig (Patrick’s Pot) is the name given to the measure of whiskey to be taken on Saint Patrick’s Day. Tradition dictates that a shamrock be floated on the whiskey before drinking, hence the expression, ‘drowning the shamrock’

    The Shamrock: This was the tool reputedly used by Saint Patrick to illustrate the Holy Trinity to convert the Irish pagans Saint Patrick’s Breastplate: Also known as The Lorica, this was the hymn said to have been sung by Patrick and his followers on their pilgrimage to Tara as they attempted to put a stop to the pagan rituals.

    Saint Patrick’s Day Parades: Contrary to popular belief, this tradition did not originate in Ireland. The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in America was in 1737 hosted by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston. Today festive parades are held all over the world, for no more sinister purpose than raising a glass to the saint and celebrating Irishness.

    The Reek: Every year thousands of pilgrims, many in bare feet, climb the 2,500 ft to the peak of Croagh Patrick, to pay homage to Saint Patrick’s Christian mission in Ireland. Legend says that it was here that the saint rang his bell and the snakes of Ireland fled. Things you didn’t know about Saint Patrick: At the age of sixteen, shortly before he was taken into captivity, “he committed a fault which appears not to have been a great crime, yet was to him a subject of tears during the rest of his life”. (from Butler, Lives of the Saints) He was tremendously conscious about his lack of education and often refers to his inability to express his thoughts clearly in his Confessio.(from Simms, The Real Story of Saint Patrick)

    Myths about Saint Patrick:

     

    • He used a shamrock to explain the Trinity: Not true but the shamrock was traditionally worn in Ireland as a symbol of the cross
    • He drove the snakes out of the country: Ireland never had snakes – but the snake metaphor was probably used later to represent paganism
    • He was the first to preach the Good News in Ireland: It is known that there were Christians in Ireland before his time
    • He is thought to have been born and died on his feastday, March 17th: Both claims are considered unlikely

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  • What is “HDR” in TV?

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    Every year TV technology advances and it seems it’s hard just to keep up with all the acronyms like: OLED, UHD, 4KHD, HDLED. But this advancement seems to go unnoticed but  it probably is the most amazing advancement in image quality recent years. This technology isn’t just in TV. It’s found in new game systems like the XBOX ONE S, the new smartphones, and computers. It is called HDR, which stands for High Dynamic Range. HDR is a term that originates from photography, and it still lives on your smartphones camera and we all know this mode takes stunning images.

    But what does HDR do exactly? It increases the visual difference between the brightest whites and the deepest blacks, which creates a bold contrast that makes the image look like it is coming to life on the screen! While 4K technology focuses on the number of pixels the screen has to produce a high quality image HDR technology focuses on the quality and precision of the pixels color.

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    Whether you are home a theater expert, Netflix addict, or just enjoy a movie with the family HDR technology is being added to more and more devices we use every day.  If you want the best experience possible when watching a super action packed movie or crushing your friends gaming online the new HDR devices add something never before seen. But remember when getting a new TV or game system with HDR it is important that you have both an HDR display and an HDR device or you will be missing out on half the experience!

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  • History of Labor Day

    Labor Day: What it Means

    Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

    Founder of Labor Day

    More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

    Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

    But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

    Labor Day Legislation

    Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

    A Nationwide Holiday

    The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

    The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

    The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

    information and images from: The United States Department of Labor

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