Who is St. Brigid?

Saint Brigid is one of the three most beloved Patron Saints of Ireland, along with Columba and Patrick. She walked that fair green land from approximately 453-525. She is known for her attributes of radical hospitality, generosity, and peace; and is often regarded as the patron of healing, poetry, and smithcraft; as well as midwifery, infants, cattle, dairy farmers, and a host of others! Brigid is a busy lass!

Brigid is quoted as saying that a person without a soul friend is like a body without a head. So I tend to see her also as the Patron Saint of soul-friendship; and as a faithful and powerful Soul Friend herself, to those who seek to integrate her attributes into their lives in today’s world. She has been a trusted spiritual companion to me for a quarter century. As time goes by I love her all the more, and feel great joy in honoring her spirit here at Saint Brigid’s Hearth.

I will leave you with a portion of a prayer, attributed to Brigid, that I recite each morning…

“I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all. I would like Jesus to be present. ” ~Amen

Brigid’s Feast is celebrated 1 February; corresponding with the Celtic Festival of Imbolc. May God bless you and keep you under Brigid’s mantle!