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24 May 2022

St Brigid’s day service led by Kilkenny Gospel Choir will take place on Tuesday, February 1

St Brigid: A young woman of courage, determination, and care of the poor

KILKENNY

St Brigid’s day service led by Kilkenny Gospel Choir will take place on Tuesday, February 1

This year's St Brigid’s day service led by the Kilkenny Gospel Choir will take place on Tuesday, February 1, in St Fiacre’s Church Loughboy Kilkenny at 7.30pm.

In compliance with government guidelines the Kilkenny Gospel Choir will lead the service with songs and prayers remembering all families who have been touched in different ways by Covid-19, St Brigid, 'the Mary of the Gael', as she has been known to generations of Irish people, commands affection and respect. Brigid was a strong woman who opposed the authoritarian attitude of her time and fought for the rights of women especially those who were victims of abuse and hardship.

"People attend the service and take the water and red flannel home with them invoking the protection of St Brigid. It is said that St Brigid’s cloak was made of red flannel and when she spread her cloak over the sick, the worried or the anxious they were healed," said Fr Willie Purcell who will lead the service.

This years’ service will include holy water from the well of St Brigid which will be available as well as red flannel associated with the healing ministry of St Brigid. All are invited to bring their St Brigid’s Crosses to be blessed.

"At this difficult time in the lives of all people its important we are united in support of each other and what better way than to gather and pray for each other," said Mary Kealy Kilkenny Gospel Choir PRO.

St Brigid is remembered for her hospitality and hard work, as a woman of God and a woman of the people. A powerful personality, who appealed to all, from those on high to the humble beggar. Brigid's life begins in Faughart, a few miles from Dundalk, County Louth, in the year 453. Her father is a chieftain named Dubthach, and her mother is Brocessa, a Christian bondswoman.

Shortly after Brigid's birth, Dubthach's wife persuaded him to send Brocessa away, to Murroe in east Limerick. Brigid is put to fosterage. When she comes of an age to be useful, Brigid returns to her father's house, taking her mother's place in the usual round of slave duties - minding the livestock, serving at meals, etc.

It is already apparent that Brigid has a calling as she constantly reaches out to the poor. She keeps a store of clothes and
food for them and requisitions her father's property when there is nothing else available!

Brigid's genius for leadership and organisation comes into its own. A woman of wisdom and commonsense, she makes provision for the sick, tending to them with her knowledge of contemporary medicine. She established schools for poor children.

More than anything else, however, Brigid is renowned for her hospitality. After some years in charge at Kildare, Brigid is the most prominent religious leader in the Liffey plain. Many and notable are the names who come to her for help. St Fiacre came to her for guidance. It is a long and productive life in the service of others. Brigid is remembered in posterity as a patron of Irish women and motherhood, someone to call on for help in domestic matters and in times of sickness and loss.

For further information on the night contact the Kilkenny Gospel Choir @kilkennygospelchoir@gmail.com.

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