The Feast of St. Bridgid of Ireland - February 1st

We nearly missed it. But, today is the feast of Saint Brigid of Kildare or Brigid of Ireland (sometimes spelled Brigit, Bridget, Bridgit, Bríd or Bride) (Irish: Naomh Bhríde) (c. 451–525). She was an Irish nun, abbess, and founder of several convents. She is considered one of Ireland's patron saints along with Sts. Patrick and Columba. Her feast day is today, February 1st, the traditional first day of spring in Ireland.

She is considered by many in our community to be the co-patroness of Old St. Patrick Oratory, although we don't know for sure if that's official or not. If anyone knows, please let us all know.

Her statue, in the niche on the Gospel side of the sanctuary, is original to the Oratory and after being lost for a while was returned recently to take her rightful place at Old St. Patrick.

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