Our Venerable Patron, Saint Brigid of Kildare or Brigid of Ireland (Irish: Naomh Bhríde), c. 451-525, was an Irish nun, abbess, and founder of several convents. Saint Brigid's feast day is February 1st, and one of the three patron saints of Ireland, along with Saint Patrick of Ireland and Saint Columba of Iona. The three are buried together in Downpatrick in County Down.
Saint Brigid was known for her compassion for the poor. She would give away food, clothing, and even her father’s possessions. Venerable Mother Brigid received monastic tonsure at the hands of Saint Mael of Ardagh. Soon after this, she established a monastery on land given to her by the King of Leinster. The land was called Cill Dara (Kildare), or “the church of the oak.” This was the beginning of women’s monasticism in Ireland.
Saint Brigid reposed in the Lord in 523 after receiving Holy Communion from St. Ninnidh of Inismacsaint. The tradition of making St Brigid’s crosses from rushes and hanging them in the home is still followed in Ireland, where devotion to her is strong. She is also venerated in northern Italy, France, and Wales.
Hymns attributed to Saint Brigid:
O holy Brigid, you became sublime through your humility,
and flew on the wings of your longing for God.
When you arrived in the eternal City and appeared before your Divine Spouse,
wearing the crown of virginity,
you kept your promise
to remember those who have recourse to you.
You shower grace upon the world, and multiply miracles.
Intercede with Christ our God that He may save our souls.
The holy virgin Brigid full of divine wisdom,
went with joy along the way of evangelical childhood,
and with the grace of God/ attained in this way the summit of virtue.
She now bestows blessings upon those who come to her with faith.
O holy Virgin, intercede with Christ our God
that He may have mercy on our souls.
Having learned of things divine by the words of Patrick,
thou hast proclaimed in the West the good tidings of Christ.
Wherefore, we venerate thee, O Brigid,
and entreat thee to intercede with God that our souls be saved.