The Shamrock is said to be worn by the Irish upon the anniversary of this Saint, for the following reason. When the Saint preached the Gospel to the Pagan Irish, he illustrated the doctrine of the Trinity by showing them a trefoil, or three-leave grass with one stalk, which operating to their conviction, the Sham- rock, which is a bundle of this grass, was ever afterwards worn upon this Saint's anniversary, to commemorate the event.
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Source Notes: "St. Patrick s Day," Observations on the Popular Antiquities of Great Britain: The Origin of Our Vulgar and Provincial Customs, Ceremonies, and Superstitions (vol. 1) (1848-49).
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