St. Brigid’s Wishes

These are the things St. Brigid wished for:

  • I would wish a great lake of ale for the King of Kings; I would wish the family of Heaven to be drinking it.
  • I would wish the men of Heaven in my own house; I would wish vessels of peace to be giving to them.
  • I would wish vessels full of alms to be giving away.
  • I would wish joy to be in their drinking; I would wish Jesus to be here among them.
And it is what her desire was: 
to satisfy the poor, to banish every hardship, and to save every sorrowful person.

Happy Feast of St. Brigid of Kildare, Ireland!

From Lady Gregory’s A Book of Saints and Wonders: according to the Old Writings and the Memory of the People of Ireland. 1906. Scanned by Phillip Brown, April 2004. Additional proofing and HTML formatting by John Bruno Hare at This text is in the public domain. These files may be used for any non-commercial purpose provided this notice of attribution is left intact. Celtic motif, above, from the Carmina Gadelica, courtesy of

Stained glass. Note the oak leaves. St. Brigid founded the church of Cill Dara, [Kildare] which means Church of the Oak. “File:Tullow Church of the Most Holy Rosary North Transept Window Bishop Daniel Delany Detail Brigidine Sisters 1807 2013 09 06.jpg” by Andreas F. Borchert is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
Saint Brigid’s cross, made from rushes.
Culnacreann, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Statue of St. Brigid at St. Brigid’s Well in Kildare, Ireland. Photo by Kildare.Andreas F. Borchert, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE, via Wikimedia Commons.

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