Thursday, February 2, 2012

St. Brigid's Day

Yesterday, being the first of February, was the feast day for Saint Brigid of Ireland. St. Brigid is not only one of the patron saints of Ireland, but is also the patron saint of scholars. She was well-known for her works of charities and was a nun who founded several monasteries as well as a school of art that prepared many illuminated manuscripts including the famous Book of Kildare.

After we read about St. Brigid's life and reminded ourselves about Ireland, Miss M and I made St. Brigid crosses using pipe cleaners and the directions found over at Catholic Icing. These crosses (traditionally woven of straw) are made on St. Brigid's Day and hung in your home to protect you from fire and disease.

Miss M made hers out of Spring colors, while the one I made is the colors of the Irish flag.

May Brigid bless the house where you dwell,
Every fireside door and every wall;
Every heart that beats beneath its roof,
Every hand that toils to bring it joy,
Every foot that walks its portals through.
May Brigid bless the house that shelters you.

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