Happy Feast of St. Patrick to you! Since St. Patrick is the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Boston, it’s an especially important feast day here. In fact, I think there’s some tradition where the archbishop gives a one-day dispensation from Lenten sacrifices. Don’t quote me on that—I don’t want to be responsible for leading anyone into sin.
Today is also a holiday in the city of Boston, although only government workers get it off. To avoid any ACLU action on separation of church and state—although it has more to do with Irish pubs than churches—the city calls it Evacuation Day. That’s because, by happy coincidence, today is also the anniversary of the day the British evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.
While I won’t be going near an Irish pub today—you won’t be able to squeeze another person into most of them—I will lift a pint of Guinness poured from a can in my fridge tonight in honor of all those whose ancestry traces back to the Emerald Isle.