The Feast of St. Brigid, on February 1st

The Feast of St. Brigid, on February 1st, honors another figure who played a major role in the growth of Christianity in Ireland. Also known as Mary of the Gaels, Bride, or Brigit, she serves as one of the three most important patron saints of Ireland alongside St. Patrick and St. Columba (or Columcille).

Making a St. Brigid's cross on this day is a traditional ritual in Ireland to celebrate the beginning of early spring. The crosses are made of rushes. They are hung by the door and in the rafters of homes to protect the house from fire and evil.

There is a legend associated with the origin of St. Brigid's crosses. ... While sitting by the dying man, Brigid picked up some rushes from the floor and began to weave them into a cross. The sick man asked her what she was making and Brigid began to explain the story of Jesus to him.

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