St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching! Draw a Shamrock with this simple tutorial and teach about the Blessed Trinity! This drawing is super simple and packed with symbolism!
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The History of St. Patrick’s Day
The world may wish to forget, but we remember and celebrate that St. Patrick’s Day is a Catholic feast day! This awesome little book is a fast read and packed with writings, prayers, and information on Saint Patrick. We have had it for years and love it, especially having The Breastplate of St. Patrick on hand!
St. Patrick was a Bishop who called the pagan people of Ireland into the fold of the One True God, so that they may be saved. He suffered many trials from those who actively wanted to prevent the spread of the Gospel, including the druids. Tradition has it that he drove the snakes out of Ireland, and that he used the shamrock to help people understand the Blessed Trinity!
He died on March 17th in the year 461, and was wrapped in burial clothes made by St. Brigid! I always get so excited when I learn about great saints that were friends, or crossed paths in some way. So cool! St. Patrick was never formally canonized because he lived during the early life of the Church, however his feast day was added to the calendar in the 1600’s, and here we are today!
The Blessed Trinity
The people of Ireland believed in many god’s. St. Patrick wanted to bring them the truth of the One True God. To help the people understand the Blessed Trinity tradition says that St. Patrick showed the people a shamrock. Since it was three parts, but only one plant, it helped to show how there can be 3 in one. In a similar way the Holy Trinity is also often depicted as a triangle, 3 sides but one shape. The Baltimore Catechism states,
Q. 192. What do you mean by the Blessed Trinity?
A. By the Blessed Trinity I mean one God in three Divine Persons.
Amazing! I highly recommend studying more of the catechism for awesome answers about our awesome faith! You can read more here!
God is so good on the very day this post was going up, we found an abundance of perfect shamrocks in our yard! While we studied them and collected them together we just couldn’t believe how perfect those little heart shaped leaves are!
My favorite part about the Shamrock representing the Holy Trinity is that the leaves are shaped like hearts. Since each leaf represents a Person in the Blessed Trinity, what better shape then a heart!
How to Draw A Shamrock
- pencil with eraser or marker
This species of clover is simple, sweet, and a great symbol to aide us as we learn about our God, the One True God, The God of the Universe!
We have a quick video tutorial today before the step by step to show you how to draw this shamrock!
Begin by drawing the top half of a heart, but do not go all the way down to connect it at a point. Instead stop half way down on both side.
Next add the same half a heart shape to the right side of the first half heart shape. You can turn your paper so you are drawing the heart straight if needed!
Do the same thing on the left side!
Time for the stem! Add a straight line down slightly curving outward as it gets farther away from the leaves. Then add a small line, just shorter then the length of the top of the shamrock. Bring this line back upward and slightly inward to close the shamrock!
Great! Now you can teach the Blessed Trinity like in the Tradition of St. Patrick, and decorate with shamrocks! These would look great in windows with these toddler paint markers, to draw and cut out to make a mobile or a wreath with, or to color or paint!
How does your family celebrate the Blessed Trinity? Let us know in the comments below!
Thank you, and I hope this post brings joy!
Ave Maris Stella, Ora Pro Nobis!
Sanctus Patrick, Ora Pro Nobis!