February 1, June 10: Saint Brigid of Ireland: Patron Saint of Travelers

Saint Brigid of Ireland (Patron Saint of Travellers) (Feast Dates: February 1, June 10 [translation of relics])

Extract from St. Brigid of Ireland: “Brigid is often called the Mary of the Gael. At about 453 AD, a child was born out of wedlock between Dubhtach and one of his Christian slaves named Brocessa. The slave girl was sent to a cabin at the foot of the Cooley Mountains near Dundalk, Co Louth, to have the child. The baby was a healthy girl, which was no great joy to Dubhtach who wanted a son. The mother was sold to a Chieftain in Connaught, and the child was given to a Druid to be raised and educated. In keeping with the life planned for her, she became a vestal virgin in service to the Goddess Brid, and eventually high priestess at the Kil Dara (the temple of the oak), a pagan sanctuary built from the wood of a tree sacred to the Druids. There she and her companions kept a perpetual ritual fire, in honor of Brid. The exact circumstance of her conversion to Christianity are unknown, though it is certain that her Christian mother was a guiding influence. Brigid changed the pagan sanctuary of Kil Dara into a Christian shrine, which gave its name to the present County Kildare. She extinguished the ritual fire of the Druids, and lit a flame dedicated to Christ.” See picture of St. Brigid of Ireland. See also:  St. Brigid of Ireland, St. Brigid of Ireland, Some Catholic Prayers to Saint Brigid.

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 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Brigid or Ireland on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Lokomotiv Ice Hockey Team Air Crash in Russia) (September 7, 2011) (Europe)  See World Mission Rosary Intentions: September 12 – September 25, 2011.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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