St. Brigid ~ Our Patron Saint
Next to Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid of Ireland- often called Mary of the Gael- is the most revered saint in Ireland. She lived from ~450-525. Her feast day is February 1st and is celebrated by Hibernians across the country. She was the Abbess and founder of the first convent in Ireland. It is unique as the only known Irish double monastery of its time and included a separately housed men's community. Her symbol is the Cross of Saint Brigid (seen below) which she first wove out of rushes while explaining the passion and death of Christ to a pagan on his deathbed. He was converted and baptized before he died. Many people weave these crosses in her honor to celebrate her feast day.