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St Bridget of Kildare

1 February 2008

The 1st February is the feast of St Bridget of Kildare, generally regarded as the founder of women’s coenobitic monasticism in Ireland, and known for her love and care for the poor.

For more detail on her life, see the OCA web page for saints commemorated on 1st February.

Troparion – Tone 1

O holy Brigid, you became sublime through your humility,
and flew on the wings of your longing for God.
When you arrived in the eternal City and appeared before your Divine Spouse,
wearing the crown of virginity,
you kept your promise
to remember those who have recourse to you.
You shower grace upon the world, and multiply miracles.
Intercede with Christ our God that He may save our souls.

Kontakion – Tone 4

The holy virgin Brigid full of divine wisdom,
went with joy along the way of evangelical childhood,
and with the grace of God/ attained in this way the summit of virtue.
She now bestows blessings upon those who come to her with faith.
O holy Virgin, intercede with Christ our God
that He may have mercy on our souls.

St Bridget was probably named after the goddess Brighid (spellings vary) and it is also probable that several legends about the goddess later became associated with the life of the saint.

She was probably one of the first Christians to bear the name Bridget, but after she was recognised as a saint, many other Christian childtren were given that name. Something similar happened with St Vladimir of Kiev. He was actually baptised as Basil, but his “pagan” name has since been given to many Christians.

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