Patroness

St. Brigid Feast Day is celebrated on February 1st.

O Brigid, Mary of the Gael,
May thy protection never fail.
Spread thy mantle over me,
Where’re I pass, where’re I be.

Mary of the Gael

St. Brigid of Kildare, known to the Irish as “Mary of the Gael,” is an ideal patroness for our Dublin Parish. The Irish Saint links our Parish to the universal Church and its history to our Dublin city traditions. Brigid was born in County Louth, in the province of Leinster and may have been baptized by St. Patrick. She founded the Monastery of Kildare, the first religious house of women in Ireland, which later became a center of learning and religion for both women and men. St. Brigid was best known for her concern for the poor and the hungry, always giving to those in need. She is often pictured in a pastoral setting with dairy animals. Many stories surround her patronage, but it was her concern for the poor that our Parish would adopt as one of its most important ministries. We celebrate her Feast Day each year on February 1 with Mass. Crosses made from the rushes of Kildare, Ireland, can be purchased in our Gift Shop for you to hang in your home.

Blessing prayer of St. Brigid of Kildare and for the hanging of her cross

May Brigid bless the house wherein you dwell
Bless every fireside, every wall and floor;
Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof;
And every tongue and mind for evermore;
Bless every hand that toils to bring joy
And every foot that walks its portals through.
This is my wish today, my constant prayer
May Brigid bless the house that shelters you.

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