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St. Brigid’s Day – February 1st

1 February, is the Feast of Saint Brigid, Abbess and Secondary Patron of Ireland. Saint Brigid is renowned for her hospitality, almsgiving and care of the sick.

Saint Brigid was born in 454 and she went on to found a double monastery in Kildare with the assistance of Bishop Conleth. The Saint Brigid’s Cross, in legend used by Brigid to explain the Christian faith, remains a popular sign of God’s protection.

View this short video on the making of a cross by parishioners in Blanchardstown Parish. This year while they cannot gather they can still make crosses and pray for each other.

We are fortunate to have parishioners who contribute various recordings… you might like to listen and view these….

View a St. Brigid Blessing by clicking the image below:

and listen to A Song We Sing for Brigid by clicking the image below.

Hear another rendition of A Song We Sing for Brigid by the Newtown Children’s Choir, by clicking the image (this is cute!):

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Some suggestions on how to mark St. Brigid’s Day:

We invite you to make a St. Brigid’s cross [make it from stripped branches, wool, material, string etc] or draw/paint a cross. Hang this on your door or window.

As St. Brigid is reputed to have given butter to the poor, perhaps bake a small gift of cake bake a loaf of St. Brigids bread for a neighbour or friend who is finding lockdown especially difficult.

Print out and colour a St. Brigid’s Cross.

St. Brigid’s feast fall on the old Irish festival of Imbolc, which is the coming of Spring.

Why not celebrate the coming of Spring by getting a Spring plant, stand or sit in their garden and take time to look at the emerging bulbs, or listen to the early birdsong which is getting louder as the daylight becomes earlier or observe where possible new born lambs etc.

Blessing of Saint Brigid’s Crosses

Father of all creation and Lord of Light,

you have given us life and entrusted your creation to us to use it and to care for it.
We ask you to bless these crosses made of green rushes in memory of holy Brigid,
who used the cross to recall and to teach your Son’s life, death and resurrection.

May these crosses be a sign of our sharing in the Paschal Mystery of your Son and a sign of your protection of our lives, our land and its creatures through Brigid’s intercession during the coming year and always. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

The crosses are sprinkled with holy water:

May the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be on these crosses and on the places where they hang and on everyone who looks at them. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Brigid

You were a woman of peace.
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace
cover those who are troubled and anxious,
and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made.
Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us.
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater
wholeness in mind, body and spirit.
Amen

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