The Story of St. Brigid

In Ireland, St. Brigid’s Day is celebrated on February 1st. It is the official first day of Spring in the Gaelic calendar and marks the end of winter. The evenings start to get brighter, and it’s a time for new beginnings.

St. Brigid is one of the first women role models in Irish history. St. Brigid was born in Dundalk in 450 AD. St. Brigid’s father was a wealthy chieftain named Dubtach. Her Mother, Brocseach, was a Christian slave. Brigid and her mother were kept as slaves even though her father was a wealthy man. 

Brigid spent her early years cooking, cleaning, washing, and working on her father’s farm. She had a reputation for being extremely kind and generous to others. She always cared for the poor or less fortunate and constantly gave away food and valuable goods to the poor and needy, which did not impress her father. 

The teachings of St Patrick inspired St. Brigid to become a Christian and spread God’s word. At 18 years old, she stopped working for her father. Brigid’s father wanted her to marry, but Brigid had decided early on that she wanted to spend her life committed to doing the work of God. She dedicated her life to helping Ireland’s poor, sick, and elderly people. 

“Legend says that she prayed to God to take her beauty away so that no man would ask for her hand in marriage. Brigid’s generous nature angered her father because he thought she gave away too much to the poor people of Ireland. One time when she decided to give away her father’s treasured jeweled sword to a leper, her father finally realized he should let her follow her own path in life and granted Brigid her wish to enter a convent and dedicate her life to God.”

The story of the Cross

St. Brigid came up with the unique cross symbol, and the pagan sun wheel inspired the design. The story goes that, St. Brigid was by the sickbed of a dying pagan chieftain, and to help him in his last hours, she told him stories about her faith and her belief in God. She began telling the story of Christ on the Cross, picking up rushes from the ground to make a cross. Then, before his death, the chieftain asked to be baptised. News spread about the dying chieftain’s conversion to Christianity before he passed away. 

“Over time, word spread about St. Brigid, her kindness, faith, and the making of the cross became synonymous with her, and the tradition now bears her name.”

St Brigid died at the age of 75 in AD 525 and was buried in the church she created in County Kildare. 

The influence of St. Brigid is still powerful, not only in Ireland but across the world, with many festivals being held to celebrate her feast day on February 1st each year. 

SOURCES: 

Saint Brigid

The History of Saint Brigid

Saint Brigid’s Cross

Story of Saint Brigid

Saint Brigid of Ireland

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The St Brigid’s Cross is a powerful Irish religious symbol worn to protect the heart and home. It was traditionally made from rushes to welcome in Spring and celebrate the feast day of St. Brigid.

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