Shamrock

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Long ago when Ireland was a land of druids, a Christian bishop known to us now as St. Patrick came to teach the word of God. Although the origins of the shamrock are lost in antiquity, the legend suggests that St. Patrick plucked a shamrock from Irish soil to demonstrate the meaning of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The plant was reptued to have mystic powers in that its petals will stand upright to warn of an approaching storm. The shamrock remains Ireland’s most famous symbol. The shamrock is also commonly associated with the symbol of luck. In studying Celtic history, scholars have discovered that the shamrock was a charm to ward away evil.