The Story of St Brigid

Brigid of Kildare is a patroness of those who have a care for the earth, for justice and equality, for peace and reconciliation. She is a model for a contemplative life.

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St Brigid was born in Ireland in either 451 or 452 and died in 525 at the age of either 72 or 73. Her feast day is celebrated on the 1st of February and she has been recognised for her great miracles, compassion, strength and perseverance.

Brigid’s symbol is the cross-made from rushes. Woven by her from the green rushes that formed the ‘carpet’ on the floor of a Chieftain’s house as he lay dying, she explained the life and death of Jesus. When he listened to her story, he asked to be baptised before he died. The tradition of weaving the Brigid’s cross is carried on throughout Ireland and in other parts of the world. According to tradition a new cross is woven each Saint Brigid's Day on the 1st February. The old one is burned to protect the house from fire, although customs vary. Some believe that keeping a cross in the rafters preserves the house from fire and disease. In Brigid’s time, most of the houses were straw thatch and wood roofs. The cross is also placed in the barn to protect animals. The Brigidine Sisters use the cross as their emblem.


The Brigidine Sisters 

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Our School Prayer

St Brigid Mary of Ireland
We ask for us all today
The courage to be God’s friend
Whatever the world may say.
The Grace to be strong and confident
The Grace to be kind and true
The Grace to be faithful to always
To God, God’s Mother and you





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