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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

1st February, St Brigid, Virgin

St Brigid, Virgin, Secondary Patron of All Ireland

The greatest of all Irish saints, after St Patrick. She wa the daughter of Dubtach, a nobleman of Leinster. The fame of her holiness, her hospitality and her charity, especially towards poor slaves and captives, her miracles and prophetic powers extended to Scotland. She died about the year 525, at the age of seventy, was buried at Kildare, but was afterwards translated to Downpatrick, where her body lies, beside those of SS Patrick and Columba.

Dilexisti justitiam, et odisti iniquitatem: properea unxit te Deus, Deus tuus, oleo laetitiae prae consortibus tuis. * Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea Regi.
Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. * My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King.
(Psalm 44:8,2 from the Introit of Mass)

Deus, qui nos hodierna die beatae Brigidae Virginis tuae annua solmnitate laetificas: concede propitius; ut ejus adjuvemur meritis, cujus castitatis irradiamur exemplis.
O God, who on this day dost gladden us by the yearly festival of they holy virgin Brigid: grant in thy bounty that we who are enlightened by the example of her chastity, may be helped by her merits.
(Collect of Mass)

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