Thursday, February 01, 2018

Happy Brigid's Day!

The Wheel of the Year has once again returned to the Festival Day of the Blessed Brigid, goddess and saint. This day was considered to be the beginning of Spring. Here are a few things to help you celebrate this day.

An Invocation for Brigid

Brigid of the East – Air 
Breath of life, you are Inspiration, the beloved goddess-saint-muse of bards and poets! You are the first breath of Spring, and  first breath of life. We celebrate the breath of new life at your festival, Imbolc, when the snowdrop tells us the life on the earth is returning. 
Brigid, you are welcome among us!

Brigid of the South – Fire 
Flame of life, you are the warming and illuminating Hearthfire of life. You are the fiery energy of expansion and growth, the fire in our head, heart, hearth, sun, stars, and earth, the spark of divine life in all that lives.  
Brigid, you are welcome among us!

Brigid of the West – Water
Water of life, you are the Flow of life. You are the coursing flow of rivers, streams, and the deep underground rivers of life that feed the wells of the earth. You are the flow of thoughts, emotions, and of our very life’s blood. 
Brigid, you are welcome among us!

Brigid of the North – Earth
Structure and substance of life, you are the web upon which we are woven, the structure that holds us together. Your mantle is the earth upon which we live. The daily tasks of life, the sublime reality of birth and death, the milk of the cow, the grass and grain in the field. 
Brigid, you are welcome among us!

Brigid of the Center
You are Breath, Flame, Flow, and Substance, and all of them woven together, the very Fabric of Life! Refresh us as we move into the new cycle of life in this new year. Grant us inspiration; rekindle our inner flame, stir and strengthen our inner waters, and ground our efforts to bring positive change to the world. 
Dear Brigid, you are welcome among us!
(c) Margie McArthur, 2017

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Words of St Brigid
“I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all. I would like Jesus to be present. I would like the three Marys of illustrious renown to be with us. I would like the friends of Heaven to be gathered around us from all parts. I would like myself to be a rent payer to the Lord; that I should suffer distress, that he would bestow a good blessing upon me. I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I would like to be watching Heaven’s family drinking it through all eternity.”
~ St. Brigid of Ireland

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And here is a lovely song about Brigid
Lá Fhéile Bríde — The Festival Day of Bríd



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