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  Brigid of Ireland: biography and encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Brigid (Irish abbess; a patron saint of Ireland (453-523)) was the goddess of fire, whose manifestations were song and poetry, which the Irish (The Celtic language of Ireland) considered the flame of knowledge.
Brigid supposedly became a virgin in service to the Goddess Brigid and eventually ascended to high priestess at the Kil Dara (the temple of the oak), a pagan sanctuary built from the wood of a tree sacred to the Druids.
Patrick (Apostle and patron saint of Ireland; an English missionary to Ireland in the 5th century), with whom she is co-patron of Ireland.
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 Brigid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brigid was the goddess of the Sacred Flame of Kildare and the patron goddess of the Druids.
She was the goddess of all things perceived to be of relatively high dimensions such as high-rising flames, highlands, hill-forts and upland areas; and of activities and states conceived as psychologically lofty and elevated, such as wisdom, excellence, perfection, high intelligence, poetic eloquence, craftsmanship, healing ability, druidic knowledge and skill in warfare.
On February 1, Brigid was celebrated at Imbolc, when she brought spring to the land.
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 Encyclopedia: Brigid of Ireland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Leinster (Irish: Laighin) is the eastern province of Ireland, comprising the counties of Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.
Brigid supposedly became a virgin in service to the Goddess Brigid and eventually ascended to high priestess at the Cill Dara (the temple of the oak), a pagan sanctuary built from the wood of a tree sacred to the Druids.
Brigid's crosses are associated with the Irish saint (and former fire-goddess) Brigid and are constructed on the saint's feast day (1 February, Lá Fhéile Bhríde/Imbolc).
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Brigid-of-Ireland   (1485 words)

  
 Patron Saints Index: Saint Brigid of Ireland
Bride; Bride of the Isles; Bridget of Ireland; Bridget; Brigid of Kildare Brigit; Ffraid; Mary of the Gael
Brigid remained with her mother till she was old enough to serve her legal owner Dubtach, her father.
Brigid's aged mother was in charge of her master's dairy.
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 Celtiagh Spioradail Eachdraidh: St. Brigid
Brigid’s life was a remarkable one, and the places in Ireland, associated with her, are scenes of pilgrimage throughout the year.
Patrick had already reached Ireland, and was in the process of changing all that, but though his message had reached the court of Dubhtach, the powerful Leinster Chieftain held firm to the old religion.
In Ireland, the people likened her to Brid, the ancient Goddess of fire and wisdom - for wasn’t Brigid’s life touched with fire, and as for her wisdom - that was undisputed.
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 St. Brigid of Ireland
But Brigid did not backdown, proclaiming to the king that she would take all of his riches and her father's as well and distribute them to the poor, if it was her decision.
Brigid was known as the Symbol of Eternal Light.
We Sisters of St. Brigid as part of "St. Brigid's Cloak" continue to tend the eternal spiritual fire of St. Brigid and surround the world with the healing powers of her cloak through sacred prayer and acts of charity.
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 St. Brigid of Ireland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Brigid’s life was a remarkable one, next to St. Patrick she is the most revered saint in all of Ireland.
Even as a young girl Brigid evinced an interest for a religious life and took the veil in her youth from St. Macaille at Croghan and probably was professed by St. Mel of Armagh, who is believed to have conferred abbotial authority on her.
Brigid was one of the most remarkable women of her times, and despite the numerous legendary, extravagant, and even fantastic miracles attributed to her, there is no doubt that her extraordinary spirituality, boundless charity, and compassion for those in distress were real.
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 Feast of St.Brigid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Brigid was hated by her father's wife, and her charity wasn't pleasing to her father, either, as she gave away some of his wealth, so her father took her to live as a bond maid with Dunlang, King of Leinster, a Christian.
Brigid and her sisters first set up a convent in Ardagh, but then moved to what is now known as Kildare, "The Church of the Oak," on land given to them by the good King of Leinster who'd convinced Brigid's father to grant her her freedom.
St. Brigid (she is often affectionately known as "Bride," "Bridey," or "the Mary of the Gael") is the patroness of dairy maids, infants, midwives, flsmiths, poets, nuns, and students.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Brigid of Ireland
It is exceedingly difficult to reconcile the statements of St. Brigid's biographers, but the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Lives of the saint are at one in assigning her a slave mother in the court of her father Dubhthach, and Irish chieftain of Leinster.
Even allowing for the exaggerated stories told of St. Brigid by her numerous biographers, it is certain that she ranks as one of the most remarkable Irishwomen of the fifth century and as the Patroness of Ireland.
In Ireland to-day, after 1500 years, the memory of "the Mary of the Gael" is as dear as ever to the Irish heart, and, as is well known, Brigid preponderates as a female Christian name.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/02784b.htm   (1217 words)

  
 Saint Brigid
Brigid was noted for her generosity to the poor, and as a child once gave away her mother's whole store of butter.
Significantly Brigid was also the name of a pagan goddess, and even seems to have been used as a general name for Irish goddesses, for the name means "exalted one".
Brigid has been called "Mary of the Gaels" and a common salutation in the Irish language expresses the hope that "Brigid and Mary be with you".
www.irelandseye.com /aarticles/history/people/saints/brigid.shtm   (594 words)

  
 St. Brigid - Monastic Ireland
Brigid is left outside in the chariot, and while there, a leper approaches her, seeking alms.
Brigid's approach to the establishment of new foundations is of the hands-on variety.
Brigid's most famous foundation is at Kildare, where she receives a generous grant of land from the king of Leinster.
www.catholicireland.net /monasticireland/storiesofsaints/brigid.htm   (845 words)

  
 Brigid's Well - Sts. Brigid and Darlughdach of Kildare
Brigid's double monastery at Kildare was built at a location previously sacred to her divine namesake.
Brigid was one of the many Celtic saints who insisted that a vital component of the spiritual life is having a soul friend (aman cara).
Brigid died in 525 on February 1st - the date of Imbolc, the annual festival of the goddess Brighid.
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 St. Brigid
Brigid’s Place is named for St. Brigid, a fifth century Irish Celtic saint who founded a monastery of nuns and monks based on the social concept of equality between men and women.
Brigid was also credited with taming a wolf at the request of a local chieftain whose pet dog had been killed accidentally by a peasant.
One of Ireland’s most beloved saints, Brigid is known as the “Mary of the Gael.” She is most noted for her compassion to others, especially to victims of violence, the impoverished, and lepers.
www.brigidsplace.org /St-Brigid.asp   (723 words)

  
 Saint Patrick's Church: Saints of February 1
This is one of the ways Brigid sanctified the pagan with the Christian: The oak was sacred to the druids, and in the inner sanctuary of the Church was a perpetual flame, another religious symbol of the druid faith, as well as the Christian.
Brigid was called 'Mary of the Gael' because her spirit of charity, and the miracles attributed to her were usually enacted in response to a call upon her pity or sense of justice.
Successor of Saint Brigid of Kildare as abbess of that convent (Benedictines).
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 Brigid of Ireland
Brigid returned to her father, who arranged a match for her with a young bard.
She was agreat traveller, especially for the horrid conditions of the time, which led to her patronage of travellers, sailors, etc. Brigid invented the double monastery, the monastery of Kildare on the Liffey being for both monks and nuns.
Combeth, noted for his skill in metalwork, became its first bishop; this connection and the installation of a bell that lasted over 1000 years apparently led to her patronage of flsmiths and those in related fields.
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 A Gift of Hospitality - Saint Brigid, Abbess of Kildare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Brigid was born at Faughart in County Down in 452, less than fifty years after the beginning of Saint Patrick's widespread missionary efforts among the Irish.
Brigid was raised to be, as her mother, a servant and a Christian.
But Brigid determined to offer these women a place of refuge and, in the same year of her tonsure, 470 A.D., she gathered together seven other nuns and approached the local king to petition a piece of land upon which to build a monastery.
www.roca.org /oa/107/107e.htm   (2272 words)

  
 Brigid: Celtic Goddess and Saint   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Celtic goddess Brigid and her namesake, Saint Brigid of Ireland, can lay claim to being the most complex, intriguing, widespread, timeless, and beloved of all legendary ladies.
Brigid, the 'Fire of the Hearth', was the goddess of fertility, family, childbirth and healing.
Brigid, the '"Fire of the Forge', was like the Greek goddess Athena, a patroness of the crafts (especially weaving, embroidery, and metalsmithing), and a goddess who was concerned with justice and law and order.
www.goddessgift.com /goddess-myths/goddess-brigid.htm   (373 words)

  
 Saint Brigid Icon by Kathrin Burleson
Brigid was born to a pagan chieftain and one of his Christian slaves.
Brigid converted the pagan sanctuary to a Christian shrine and transformed the ritual fire to one in honor of Christ.
Brigid contributed greatly to the early growth of the Church in Ireland and she is interred with St. Patrick at Downpatrick.
www.bridgebuilding.com /narr/kbbri.html   (339 words)

  
 RealMagick Article: Brigid - The Goddess of Imbolc and Celtic Europe by Gwydion
Worshipped in Ireland, Wales, Spain, France, and Britain, she was called Brighde in Ireland, Bride in Scotland, Brigantia in Northern Britain, Brigandu in France, and also known as Brid, Brig and Brighid.
Brigid had an extensive female priesthood at Kildare, Ireland and an ever-burning sacred fire in her shrine.
Brigid was known as Brigantia in Northern Britain, and also as The Three Blessed Ladies of Britain, and The Three Mothers.
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 Saints - Brigid of Ireland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Saint Brigid was born in the year 451 or 452 A.D. to an Irish chieftain who married a servant girl.
This convent was known as a place of devotion and of learning, for Brigid saw the connection between the spiritual and the material, and between the intellect and the faith.
Saint Brigid is known as a patron saint of dairy workers because of two well known events.
www.scborromeo.org /saints/brigid.htm   (212 words)

  
 Milligan's Children's Books
Saint Brigid of Ireland was presented with a blue cloak by a Druid, who said, "I am one of the fathers of Old Ireland.
The eldest son of the King of Ireland is given an impossible task by his stepmother: to bring to her the three magic stallions of the giant Sean O'Donal who lives at the western edge of the world.
In this quiet retelling, young Brigid of Ireland is mysteriously transported to Bethlehem and uses her cloak to warm Mary.
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 St. Brigid
Brigid's status as a free woman now made her one of the clan (to use a much abused but here appropriate word)—that is, one of the three-generation family unit recognised by the law.
Brigid is described in one ancient text as the first in Ireland to spin and weave cloth; the saying indicates that the nuns produced their own fabric, and were famous, perhaps, for its quality—like the Charity nuns of Foxford in Mayo, who to-day produce much of the best blankets and tweeds in Ireland.
Brigid's best biographer[12] comments: "Is this the Illuminative Way that mystical writers, centuries later, endeavoured so laboriously to explain?" This visit of Brendan must have taken place when he was but a young man and Brigid an aged woman; for she died when he was in his teens.
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 LIVES   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Brigid of Ireland was born at Fauchart near Dundalk c.450.
We do learn other details of Brigid’s life throughout the sections that follow, such as, “her parents wanted to betroth her to a man” (14) but this fact is given as the means of introducing one of Brigid’s miracles.
For Gregory, Brigid’s poverty is used for the purpose of raising the issue of Ireland’s colonial status.
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 MSN Encarta - Multimedia - Saint Brigid of Ireland
Born about 453 ad, Brigid was a celebrated beauty.
Declining to marry, she became a nun and went on to found four monasteries, including the monastery of Kildare.
She is one of Ireland’s patron saints, respected for her dedication and abilities.
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 St. Brigid of Ireland :: G R A T E F U L N E S S Gift Person
Brigid lived in the era when traditional Irish religion was giving way to the formal institution of Christianity.
Brigid's only desire was “to satisfy the poor, to expel every hardship, to spare every miserable man.” (That there remained any miserable souls in Ireland is hard to believe, given the extent of her recorded miracles.) Many of her marvels have a particularly maternal character, reflecting her propensity to nourish and give succor.
Brigid became a nun and ultimately abbess of Kildare, which was a double monastery, consisting of both men and women.
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 Brigid Patron Saint Index Profile Of Saint Brigid Of Ireland; Illustrated Bride; Bride Of The Isles; Br   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Brigid Patron Saint Index Profile Of Saint Brigid Of Ireland; Illustrated Bride; Bride Of The Isles; Br Patron Saint Index profile of Saint Brigid of Ireland; illustrated Bride; Bride of the Isles; Bridget of Ireland; Bridget; Brigid of Kildare Brigit; Ffraid; Mary of the Gael sold to a Druid.
Brigid, which means "one who exaults herself " is Goddess of the Sacred Flame of Kildare (derived from "Cill During this time Brigid personifies a bride, virgin or maiden aspect and.
Although Brigid is probably the best known Irish saint after Patrick, her life cannot be Cogitosus's Life of Brigid was written not much more than a century.
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 st brigid of ireland and other ireland related information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
February 1 is the feast of St. Brigid, often called the Mary of the Gael, and her feast day, along with that of St Patrick, and Our...
BRIGID of Ireland Also known as Bride; Bride of the Isles; Bridget of Ireland ; Bridget; Brigid of Kildare Brigit; Ffraid; Mary of the Gael Memorial 1 February ; 10 June (translation of relics)...
Brigid of Ireland Patron of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians February 1 is the feast of St. Brigid of Ireland, often called Mary of the Gael.
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