St. Bridget’s Crosses

St. Bridget's Day 1st February

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SAM_1242Bridget is one of Ireland’s earliest recorded saints, and along with St. Patrick, one of our most famous.

A St. Bridget’s cross is usually made from rushes or, less often, straw. It is traditionally believed that the cross protects the home from fire. St. Bridget’s crosses are often made on 1 February and sprinkled with holy water.

There is a legend associated with the origin of St. Bridget’s crosses.  Bridget was called to the bedside of a dying pagan chieftain.  She sat by him to keep watch over him in his final hours.

While sitting by the dying man, Bridget 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 Bridget began to explain the story of Jesus to him.  Before he died, the chieftain had become a Christian.

Our class (Ms. Nolan’s 3rd) created St. Bridget’s Crosses from rushes for St. Bridget’s Day.