Saturday, March 17, 2007

In ainm an Athar, agus a Mhic, agus an Spioraid Naomh. . .

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

This little thimble is available through St. Patrick's Cathedral Gift Shop for $9.00 plus S/H. Along with souvenirs, they have a lot of religious articles--holy cards, statuettes, rosaries, and so forth. A minor point: the design on the top of the thimble is a four-leaf clover, not a shamrock. A shamrock properly has three leaves, and was thus, according to legend, used by St. Patrick to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity to the pagans (my ancestors): three leaves all part of one shamrock.

According to the cathedral's website, St. Patrick's is the largest Gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States and has over five and a half million visitors each year.

St. Patrick's Cathedral
Fifth Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets
New York, New York
ph: (212) 753-2261; fax: (212) 755-4128

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