St. Bridget

Pray for Us!

 
 
 

It all started when…

church-history-our-patroness.jpg

Saint Bridget (also known as Bride, Brigid, Brigit, or Ffraid) (453-523) was born at Faughart, County Louth, Ireland and died on February 1, 523 at Kildare, Ireland. Her body was interred in the Kildare Cathedral and then  her remains were transferred to Downpatrick, Ireland in 878 where they were interred with those of St. Patrick and Saint Columba.

Bridget (whose name means fiery arrow) was the daughter of Dubtach, pagan Scottish king of Leinster, and Brocca,  a Christian Pictish slave who had been baptized by Saint Patrick. Just before Bridget's birth, her mother was sold to a Druid landowner. Bridget remained with her mother till she was old enough to serve her legal owner, Dubtach, her father. Her father attempted to sell Bridget  into servitude, but decided to grant her freedom. 

As a child Bridget heard St. Patrick preach and she grew up marked by high spirits and a tender heart. She could not bear to see anyone hungry or cold, and to help them, often gave away things that were Dubtach's. When Dubtach protested, she replied that "Christ dwelt in every creature." Bridget's aged mother was in charge of her master's dairy. Bridget took charge and often gave away the produce. But the dairy prospered under her and the Druid freed Bridget's mother.

Bridget returned to her father, who arranged a marriage for her with a young bard. Bridget refused, and to keep her virginity, went to her bishop and took her first vows. Her first convent started c. 468 with seven nuns. At the invitation of bishops, she started convents all over Ireland. Bridget is a co-patron Saint of Ireland along with Saints Patrick and Columba. 

(From Saints.SQPN.com)

Prayer of St. Bridget

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.

I would like the three Marys of illustrious renown to be with us.

I would like the friends of Heaven to be gathered around us from all parts.

I would like myself to be a rent payer to the Lord; that I should suffer distress, that he would bestow a good blessing upon me.

I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings

I would like to be watching Heaven's family drinking it through all eternity.

-Saint Brigid