St Brigid Healing Oil (Patron for Children whose Parents are not Married)
St Brigid Patron Children (Irish: Naomh Bríd; Latin: Brigida; c. 451 – 525) or Brigid of Ireland the patroness saint (or ‘mother saint’) of Ireland. One of its three national saints along with Patrick and Columba. According to medieval Irish hagiographies, she was an abbess who founded several convents of nuns. Most notably that of Kildare, which was one of the most important in Ireland.
There few historical facts about her, and early hagiographies mainly anecdotes and miracle tales, some of which rooted in pagan folklore. She is patroness of many things, including poetry, learning, healing, protection, blacksmithing, livestock and dairy production. The saint shares her name with a Celtic goddess. Brigid’s feast day 1 February, which originally a pre-Christian festival called Imbolc, marking the beginning of spring. From 2023 it will be a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, the first named after a woman.This feast day shared by Dar Lugdach, who tradition says her student, close companion, and successor.
The saint has the same name as the goddess Brigid, derived from the Proto-Celtic *Brigantī “high, exalted” and ultimately originating with Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ-. In Old Irish her name was spelled Brigit and pronounced [ˈbʲrʲiɣʲidʲ]. In Modern Irish she also called Bríd. Sometimes mutated to Fraid. Such as in several places called Llansanffraid, “St. Brigit’s church”. She also referred to as “the Mary of the Gael” and the “Mother Saint of Ireland”.
There is debate over whether Brigid was a real person. There few historical facts about her, and early hagiographies “mainly anecdotes and miracle stories, some of which deeply rooted in Irish pagan folklore”.
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