St Brigid [ 1 Feb ]
Everliving God, we rejoice today in the fellowship of your blessed servant Brigid, and give you thanks for her life of devoted service. Inspire us with life and light, and give us perseverance to serve you all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Matthew 6:25-33 Psalm 138 or Psalm 1
Centurions: I know that Brigid (Ffraid) is not on our calendar - nor a centurion, but as an Irishman I couldn't help but remember her this day and the celebration of Irish Spring. I hope you'll indulge me as I share this wee bit with you.
"While there is an ancient Christian tradition of the Purification of Jesus on 2nd February, there is also an ancient Irish tradition of the beginning of Spring on 1st February, the feast of St Brigid. The start of Spring is a time of possibilities, of risky ventures, of blessed mistakes. That is the mood of St Brigid’s feast. At the ceremony of her final vows, Saint Patrick mistakenly used the form for ordaining priests. When told of it he replied, "So be it, my son, she is destined for great things." There is a prayer attributed to her which ends: I would like cheerfulness to preside over all. 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." [Sacred Space}
This vision brings a smile to the face of this old Irishman. See her bio and the full prayer here
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