SAINT BRIGID FEBRUARY 1st

May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight Shine upon you and warm your heart till it glows like a great peat fire, so that the stranger may come and be warmed and also a friend. And may the light shine out of your eyes, like a candle set in the window of a house, bidding the wanderer to come in out of the storm. And may the blessing of the rain be on you – the soft sweet rain; May it fall upon your spirit so that all the little flowers may spring up, and shed their sweetness on the air. And may the blessing of the great rains be on you, may they beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there many a shining pool where the blue of heaven shines, and sometimes a star. And may the blessing of the earth be on you – the great round earth; May you ever have a kindly greeting from them you pass as you’re going along the roads. May the earth be soft under you when you rest upon it, tired at the end of a day, and may it rest easy over you when, at the last, you lie out under it. May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be off from under it so quickly, and up and off, and on its way to God. And now may the Lord (and Lady) bless you and bless you kindly Amen.

A Prayer to St Brigid of Faughart.

Brigid Patroness of the Irish and woman of deep faith

We salute you as with Patrick you helped the Irish come to faith in Jesus.

Your love for the Master drove you to be an apostle of the faith.

Your compassion for the poor and sick knew no boundaries.

People recognised in your heart the Light of the world. Your love for all creation drew wild creatures to trust you .

You were always a woman of action more centred on people than bricks and stones.

A woven cross of reeds helped a dying man grieve for his sins resulting in forgiveness and reconciliation.

Encircle us with your cloak of charity and help us all find a renewed faith in Jesus our common Master.

Help us reach out to the Christ we meet daily in the faces of those in need who approach us for comfort, help us to seek their Blessing upon us as we wash their feet and try to bind their wounds.

Mary of the Irish show a mother’s protective care to all who call upon you in need. Help us always to care for our beautiful planet Mother Earth.

Brigid of Faughart, pray for us.  Amen.

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