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Thursday, February 2, 2006
St. Brigid
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Feast (1969 Calendar): February 1

Today the Church in Ireland celebrates the Feast of St. Bridgid of Ireland while today is an optional memorial in New Zealand. St. Bridgid was a very holy woman and much more information can be found on her at the Patron Saint Index. The Catholic Encyclopedia also has valuable information on her.

But, I wanted to share this email I received:

"When St. Brigid died an old woman in A.D. 523 , her sisters kept a fire burning in an enclosure at her Kildare convent. This fire burned for centuries, tended by the Sisters and not burning out until A.D. 1220. It was re-lit and burned for 400 years, when the effects of the Protestant "Reformation" extinguished it again. St. Brigid's association with fire and the proximity of her Feast to Candlemas tomorrow -- a day celebrating Christ as the Light Unto the Nations, make the two Feasts entwined in the Irish imagination. On the day following Candlemas, the Feast of St. Blaise with its blessing of the throats with two crossed candles make for three days associated with light and fire."

Please join me in saying a prayer to St. Brigid.

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