Brigid of Kildare
Saint Brigit of Kildare or Brigid of Ireland (Irish: Bríd; Welsh: Ffraid; c. 451–525) is one of Ireland's patron saints, along with Patrick and Columba. Her name is also variously spelled as Brigid, Bridget, Bridgit and Bride and she is sometimes known as Mary of the Gael. Irish hagiography makes her an early Irish Christian nun, abbess, and founder of several monasteries of nuns, including that of Kildare in Ireland. Her feast day is 1 February, which was also celebrated as Imbolc, a pagan festival marking the beginning of spring and the lambing season. She shares her name with an important Celtic goddess associated with that day and there are many legends and folk customs associated with both her and the goddess.
- 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.
- Prayer traditionally attributed to St. Brigit, as quoted in Prayers of the Saints: An Inspired Collection of Holy Wisdom (1996), by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker, p. 77