Precellentem pro merito Magno in numdi circulo. In our island of Hibernia Christ was made known to man by the very great miracles which he performed through the happy virgin of celestial life, famous for her merits through the whole world. The sixth Life of the saint printed by Colgan is attributed to Coelan, an Irish monk of the eighth century, and it derives a peculiar importance from the fact that it is prefaced by a foreword from the pen of St.
She is sometimes referred to as "the Mary of the Gael". Historicity[ edit ] There is some debate over whether St Brigid was a real person. She has the same name, associations and feast day as the Celtic goddess Brigidand there are many supernatural events, legends and folk customs associated with her.
Some scholars suggest that the saint is a Christianization of the goddess, others that she was a real person whose mythos took on the goddess's attributes.
Medieval art historian Pamela Berger argues that Christian monks "took the ancient figure of the mother goddess and grafted her name and functions onto her Christian counterpart".
After her death, the name and characteristics of the goddess became attached to the saint. A second Life was written by Cogitosus, a monk of Kildare in the eighth century, and is a fine example of Irish scholarship in the mid-eighth century.
The Life attributed to Coelan dating ca. Donatus refers to earlier biographies by St Ultan and St Aileran. These differing biographies, giving conflicting accounts of her life, have much literary merit in themselves. Because of the legendary quality of the earliest accounts of her life, there is debate among many secular scholars and Christians as to the authenticity of her biographies.
Three biographies agree that her mother was Brocca, a Christian Pict slave who had been baptized by Saint Patrick. They name her father as Dubhthach, a chieftain of Leinster. Brigid herself was born into slavery.
Legends of her early holiness include her vomiting when the druid tried to feed her, due to his impurity; a white cow with red ears appeared to sustain her instead. According to one tale, as a child, she once gave away her mother's entire store of butter. The butter was then replenished in answer to Brigid's prayers.
In two Lives, Dubthach was so annoyed with her that he took her in a chariot to the King of Leinster to sell her. While Dubthach was talking to the king, Brigid gave away his jewelled sword to a beggar to barter it for food to feed his family.
The king recognized her holiness and convinced Dubthach to grant his daughter her freedom. According to tradition, around Brigid founded a monastery at Kildare Cill Dara: The site was under a large oak tree on the ridge of Drum Criadh.
It has often been said that she gave canonical jurisdiction to Conleth, Bishop of Kildarebut Archbishop Healy says that she simply "selected the person to whom the Church gave this jurisdiction", and her biographer tells us that she chose Saint Conleth "to govern the church along with herself".
For centuries, Kildare was ruled by a double line of abbot-bishops and of abbesses, the Abbess of Kildare being regarded as superior general of the monasteries in Ireland.Brigit, Brigid or Bríg (/ ˈ b r ɪ dʒ ɪ d, ˈ b r iː ɪ d /; meaning 'exalted one') was a goddess of pre-Christian ashio-midori.com appears in Irish mythology as a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the daughter of the Dagda and wife of Bres, with whom she had a son named Ruadán..
It has been suggested that Brigid is a continuation of the Indo-European dawn goddess. She is associated with the. Saint Brigid of Kildare or Brigid of Ireland (Irish: Naomh Bríd; Latin: Brigida; c.
– ) is one of Ireland's patron saints, along with Patrick and ashio-midori.com hagiography makes her an early Irish Christian nun, abbess, and foundress of several monasteries of nuns, including that of Kildare in Ireland, which was famous and was revered.
Her feast day is 1 February, which was. Saint Bridget of Sweden: Saint Bridget of Sweden, patron saint of Sweden, founder of the Brigittines (Order of the Most Holy Savior), and a mystic whose revelations were influential during the Middle Ages.
In Pope John Paul II named her one of the patron . St. Brigid was born to a pagan chieftain and one of his Christian slaves. Named Brigid, perhaps to obtain the blessings of the goddess, she eventually became a priestess of Brid at a pagan sanctuary.
There, she and her companions maintained a ritual fire in . St. Brigid appears in a wealth of literature, notably the Book of Lismore, the Breviarium Aberdonense, and Bethada Náem n-Érenn.
One of the loveliest and most gently profound legends of Brigid is the story of Dara, the blind nun, for the restoration of . From Ardagh St. Macaille and St. Brigid followed St. Mel into the country of Teffia in Meath, including portions of Westmeath and Longford. This occurred about the year .