Today is the feast day of St Brigid
Brigid is Ireland's most popular saint after St.Patrick. She was born around the middle of the 5th century. She founded a monastery at Kildare. She is also known as 'Mary Of The Gael'. Many miracles have been associated with her. She had a geat love of animals and always had time for people. Her association with fire (symbolising living in the presence of God) was carried on for many centuries after her death. A sacred fire was kept burning in the church at Kildare, each of the 20 nuns taking turn at a night's vigil to tend to it.
She is said to have had great wisdom in dealing with personal problems especially marital. She made a cross from rushes to protect a pagan chief who was sick. It is still made today and hung in houses and outbuildings to protect against evil and fire. It also protects animals.
Her fame spread throughout Europe and many churches were named after her. She is indeed a special saint in Ireland. Great blessings have always been associated with her.
Today is her feast day and we ask her many blessings on us. Amen