The Story of Saint Patrick for Children

Do you want to teach your kids the Christian message behind Saint Patrick’s Day? Then watch this short video from Veggie Tales, “Lufti’s Fanciful Flanographs,” which features the story of Saint Patrick. (It originally appeared on their Sumo Of The Opera DVD.) It’s presented in 2D storyboard animation style, with an engaging narration that’s funny and entertaining, but also quite informative.

Transcript:

“By the color of my clothes and the shamrock in my hand, I bet you are thinking it is Saint Patrick’s Day. If this is March 17th, then you are right. That is because every year on March 17th, people celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.”
“A long, long time ago in a country called England, a little baby was born. His name was…”
“Saint Patrick.”
“Hold on, you’re not old enough to talk. And your name is not yet Saint Patrick.”
“Sorry.”
“Your name is Maewyn Succat.”
“Hurry up and name me Saint Patrick.”
“Shhh.”
“Sorry.”
“Maewyn Succat grew up as a normal little boy.”
“Can I talk now?”
“Yes.”
“I’m Maewyn Succat. I’m a normal boy… a normal boy with a strange name.”
“Maewyn went to school. He played. He went to church.”
“No soccer balls in church.”
“And he was kidnapped by pirates.”
“Wait, that’s not normal.”
“If you were too normal, you would not have a holiday named after you.”
“Good point.”
“The pirates took Maewyn to a country called Ireland. There he was sold as a slave and his name was changed.”
“Slave, bad. Name change, good. Hi, I’d like to request Saint Patrick.”
“Not yet. He was now called Pig Boy.”
“Feed the pigs, Pig Boy.”
“Maewyn Succat has a rather nice ring to it.”
“Now this was the land of the Druids and the people there spoke a different language. But we’ll make believe everyone spoke English (like Star Trek).”
“Even the pigs?”
“Not the pigs.”
“Okay.”
“The Druids also did not know about God. They practiced a religion known as paganism. Instead of praying to God, pagans pray to things like twigs.”
“Almighty Twig, you are powerful and twiglike.”
“And pond scum.”
“Almighty Pond scum, you are powerful and… scummy.”
“And they painted with all the colors of the rainbow. And so it was that Pig Boy Maewyn Succat went about serving his master, mopping his floors, feeding his pigs, and learning his language. P…i…g.”
“Now Maewyn was very far from home and he was very lonely. He remembered what he had learned in church about God loving him and always being with him, so Maewyn began praying and talking to God. He prayed before bedtime. He prayed when he worked. He prayed when he ate. In fact, he prayed all the time. Why, in no time at all, he was praying over 100 times a day.”
“That’s a lot, but it’s cool.”
“Would you like to pray to my twig?”
“No, I’m good.”
“Maewyn grew very close to God, and God took care of him and kept him safe. And one day, after Maewyn had been in Ireland for six years, God told him it was time to go.”
“Alright… Later pigs.”
“Maewyn walked and walked and walked… 200 miles before reaching the sea.”
“G’day Cap’n. My name’s Maewyn Succat. I was captured six years ago and sold into slavery. Since then, I’ve been feeding pigs and praying 100 times a day. Can I have a lift?”
“Alright then.”
“The ship sailed for three days before reaching the coast. Then they set off on foot for the nearest town. But their directions were a little off. After 28 days of walking, their supplies had run out. The men were starving.”
“Are you starving?” “I’m starving.” “I’m starving too.” “We’re all going to die if we don’t get something to eat.”
“Say, Maewyn, you said you pray 100 times a day. How about praying for some food.”
“Yeah Mate, c’mon.” “Oh, alright. … Amen.”
“It’s miraculously delicious.”
“Y’know Maewyn, you got something going there. Thanks a lot.”
“Don’t thank me Captain, thank God.”
“Alright, then. Thank you God.” “Thank you Lord.”
“Now back home, the years passed by, and Maewyn continued to grow closer to God. And one night he had a dream.”
“We beg of you… that you should come and work again among us.”
“Maewyn dreamed that the people of Ireland were calling him to come again and tell them about God.”
“Well, but, mind if I finish school first? I’m doing quite well.”
“Ah, no, no. Take your time, no rush.”
“So Maewyn got his education, and because of his hard work and great love for God, he became a bishop… which meant he had a lot of responsibilities in the church and could help many people. It also meant that he got a new name, Patrick.”
“Saint Patrick?”
“Ah, the Saint part comes a little bit later.”
“Alright then.”
“And Patrick made his way back to Ireland. Back to the place where he had been taken by pirates and been sold as a slave many years before. Back he went to tell the people about God.”
“So you see, God is like a shamrock.”
“Oh Great Shamrock, you are powerful.”
“No, no, no, no, this is simply a metaphor.”
“Oh Great Metaphor…”
“No no no no no. God is LIKE a shamrock because he is three persons in one. He is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. One God, three persons.”
“So are there any ways that God is, say, like a twig?”
“No, none that come to mind.”
“Oh, alright, just asking.”
“And so it was that through Patrick the people of Ireland turned to God. And God blessed Patrick, as Patrick blessed the people of Ireland. He lived a good long life among the people he loved so much and had been called to serve. On March 17th in the year 460, Patrick died at the age of 73, and his name was changed one last time… this time to Saint Patrick. And that is why every year on March 17th, people all over the world wear green, the color of Ireland, and celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day… a great man who loved Ireland, and who loved God.”

The End.

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