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Greetings! Happy St. Bríghde of Ireland’s Feast Day!
St. Bríghde is pronounced Breejya, in Gaelic. She is also known as St. Brigid or St. Bridget.
I saw a stranger yestereen;
I put food in the eating place,
drink in the drinking place,
music in the listening place,
and in the name of the Triune
he blessed myself and my house,
my cattle and my dear ones,
and the lark said in her song:
Often, often, often,
goes the Christ in the stranger’s guise…
often, often, often,
goes Christ in the stranger’s guise.
~ Irish Rune of St. Brigid’s Hospitality
Besides, founding a famous monastery that blessed and bettered her country, 5th century St. Brigid was instrumental in implementing educational, and artistic centres, enhancing her community through charity, hospitality and medical support.
With her great faith and pure heart, she humbly performed miracles, perceiving Christ in all.
St. Brigid continues to intercede for us, whenever we reach out to her as a heavenly friend. She is the patroness of dairy workers, infants, midwives, blacksmiths, poets, nuns, and students.
Let us praise St. Brigid, and emulate her in seeing Christ in others!
How to make St. Brigid Day green rush crosses… Instructions found on St. Sophia website via The Ark #8 (Youth Quarterly) on pages 25-27.
Tomorrow is one of the Great Twelve Feasts of our Lord – The Meeting of the Lord in the Temple.
I composed my own (very rustic) simple folk-hymn of praise, honouring St. Brigid of Ireland, and set it to the tune of an ancient Irish melody of unknown origin, as heard below – accompanied by ukulele.
Holy St. Brigid, pray to God for us!