St. Patrick’s Day at EPC
St. Patrick’s Day is a day when people wear green and celebrate all things Irish. But the day itself has its roots in more than that. St. Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and, by extension, celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, singing, dancing, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. EPC’s Publishing Department celebrated the day with food and fellowship during lunch with a potato bar featuring baked potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, an array of toppings, and an assortment of side dishes.