THE NEW NEW AGE
Saint Brigid painting
Saint Brigid is the patron Saint of poets, midwives, newborns, Irish nuns, fugitives, blacksmiths, dairymaids, boatmen, chicken farmers, cattle, scholars, and sailors.
Saint Brigid, also known as “Mary of the Gael,” is one of Ireland’s most revered saints. She is celebrated on the 1st of February, which is also known as St. Brigid’s Day. Her legacy has left a significant impact on Irish culture and history.
Early Life of Saint Brigid:
Saint Brigid was born in 453 AD in Faughart, County Louth, Ireland. She was the daughter of a pagan Chieftain, Dubhtach, and a Christian slave named Broicsech. At a young age, Saint Brigid was baptized by Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. She was known to have an extraordinary faith and devotion towards God.
Saint Brigid has performed many miracles during her lifetime. She was also known to have healed people through prayer, the sign of the cross and laying of hands. Due to her selfless service to the poor, she became known as the “Mary of the Gael.”
St. Brigid’s Monastery:
Following the death of Brigid’s father, she decided to dedicate her life to becoming a nun. She founded a monastery in Kildare, which soon became one of the most renowned monastic settlements in Ireland. Known as the “Church of the Oak,” the Kildare monastery was famously home to a sacred flame that was overseen by the nuns. This tradition has been revived for modern times, thanks to the efforts of the Brigidine Sisters and the Kildare Council.
Impact on Irish Culture and History:
The legacy of Saint Brigid has left a significant impact on Irish culture and society. She became an advocate for women's rights, encouraging women to take up positions of leadership. Moreover, her selfless service to the poor was a testament to her compassion towards the underprivileged. She also played a significant role in the early Christianization of Ireland.
As we continue to celebrate the life and legacy of Saint Brigid, we should all strive to embody the same selflessness, dedication, and devotion that characterized her life. May her legacy continue to inspire us as we navigate our own spiritual journeys, and may she serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come.
20"H x 16"L x 2"W
Acrylic and oil on wood.