Categories: General
      Date: Jan 31, 2019
     Title: Resources for the Feast of Saint Brigid
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Friday, 1 February 2019, 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.

Please see below some resources for the Feast of Saint Brigid.

Video: How to make a Saint Brigid’s Cross

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.

Saint Brigid’s Blessing

May Brigid bless the house wherein we dwell.
Bless every fireside, every wall and door.
Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof.
Bless every hand that toils to bring its joy.
Bless every foot that walks portals through.
May Brigid bless the house that shelters us.

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

Intercessions

(taken from Morning Prayer for the Feast of St Brigid)

We praise the Lord Jesus Christ who led St. Brigid along the paths of Justice and holiness; and pray that we may follow his way.

Response; Lord, be our light and salvation.

Through your resurrection, Lord Jesus, new light came into our darkness – let your Church be a light to the world.

Response; Lord, be our light and salvation.

At the springtime of the year we renew our hope – give us the grace to encourage all whom we meet today.

Response; Lord, be our light and salvation.

Brigid dedicated her life to prayer and service – bring many more women to give their lives to the dedicated service and holiness of religious life.

Response; Lord, be our light and salvation.

Lord Jesus, you gave Brigid the desire to serve and not be served – may we spend our lives in the service of others.

Response; Lord, be our light and salvation.

You made the word of St. Brigid fruitful; – give success to the work of our hands.

Response; Lord, be our light and salvation.

The Story of Saint Brigid  from Veritas

The Story of Saint Brigid is a colourful new book from Veritas. It tells the story of the life of Saint Brigid, one of Ireland’s three patron saints, known throughout the world for her love of and service to the poor, the sick, the elderly, the environment and animals of all kinds.

Read the fascinating story of her life and find out about the origins of the Brigid’s Cross and St Brigid’s Well in County Kildare, where she founded her most famous monastery.

This book is suitable for children aged seven to ten.

It is written by Caitriona Clarke and beautifully illustrated by Barbara Croatta.  For more see www.veritas.ie.

Wishing you all blessings for Saint Brigid’s Day.