The first day of February can only mean one thing– St. Brigid’s Day!
Though St. Patrick may be her male rival, St. Brigid of Ireland is the most famous female leader of the early Celtic Catholic Church. Both a nun and abbess, she is also called St. Brigid of Kildare after her founding of the monastery of the same name.
Thanks to the wonderful Brigidine Sisters, we were able to travel to Ireland before breakfast and take a virtual tour of the famed and revered monastery and surrounding grounds.
According to tradition a new cross is woven each Saint Brigid’s Day on the 1st of February. The last year’s cross is burned, while the new one is placed somewhere in the home kitchen to preserve the house from fire and disease.
Remembering this, we set about to craft our own crosses. Thanks to Lacy’s helpful tutorial, it proved to be not too complicated. After weaving, we placed them behind the cross on the wall in our kitchen.
We then read the legend of her cloak in Brigid’s Cloak: An Ancient Irisih Story by Bryce Miligan.
The children then colored these lovely hand drawn pages from Charlotte.
Another legend holds that St. Brigid loved the poor so much that at one time she gave away her mother’s entire store of butter, only to have it all miraculously replenished in answer to her prayers.
Recalling this, the children and I had a wonderful time making our own homemade butter.
And of course, we just had to have a little bread with our butter, so a loaf of Irish soda bread came straight from the oven.
We then prayed the blessing of St. Brigid. Won’t you pray with us?
May Brigid bless the house wherein you dwell
Bless every fireside every wall and door
Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof
Bless every hand that toils to bring it joy
Bless every foot that walks its portals through
May Brigid bless the house that shelters you.
Did you honor the life of St. Brigid? Tells us how you celebrated in the comments!