Saint Brigid of Ireland’s feast day is February 1st which is only a few short days away! I figured that while I’m finalizing our Saint Brigid feast days activities plans, I will share with you our plans and how you can celebrate this special feast too.
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Who is Saint Brigid?
You may wondering, “who is this saint Brigid?!” Well, here are some quick facts about this fascinating female saint.
- Brigid was a beautiful woman born in Ireland in 450 AD into slavery. Her mother was a baptized (by St. Patrick) Christian slave and Brigid’s father was a pagan.
- Brigid was a very generous person and always wanted to help the poor. She would even give away her father’s possessions to help those who were in need.
- Her father wanted her to marry the king but she refused because she wants to be the bride of Jesus Christ. Brigid prayed for God to make her ugly so no one would want to marry her and God granted her it.
- After she took her vows to be a nun, she became strikingly beautiful again.
- She was a disciple of Saint Patrick and started a monastery in Ireland.
- Also known as Saint Brigid of Kildare
- Brigid is the patron saint of Ireland, poets, dairymaids, blacksmiths, healers, cattle, fugitives, Irish nuns, midwives, and new-born babies.
Activities for Saint Brigid’s feast day for kids
As always, coloring pages are an easy, simple, yet great activity. I printed Saint Brigid coloring pages from The Catholic Kid.
SAINT BRIGID CROSS
There is an old Irish story about how a dying pagan lord (possibly her father) requested Saint Brigid to be by his bedside for comfort and peace. As a way to console the man from his suffering, she grabbed a few rushes from the floor and started to weave the pieces together into the shape of a cross. While weaving the pieces together she started to explain to the man who Jesus was, about the passion of our Lord, and what the cross truly means. This brought so much comfort to this pagan lord that he converted to Christianity and was baptized right before dying.
Since then, it has become a long time tradition in Ireland to make Saint Brigid cross! So with that said, what better activity would there be for Saint Brigid’s feast day than making Saint Brigid crosses! Fish Eaters has easy color-coded instructions for making Saint Brigid crosses. Use chenille stems/ pipe cleaners!! These are very easy to manipulate, especially for kids.
RECOMMENDED RESOURCE: These pretty shamrock green pipe cleaner pack or this huge assortment pack would be perfect for Saint Brigid crosses
If you can’t make any, Catholic Icing has a video on how to draw Saint Brigid crosses.
Since Saint Brigid is the patron saint of midwives and new babies, playing midwife (just like playing doctor) would be a fun activity. You can use my play midwife printable pack.
Making a special dish is great for any celebration. I am eager to make this delicious Irish Beef and Guinness stew perfect not just for Saint Brigid’s day but during these colder winter months from Catholic Cuisine. They have many other yummy Saint Brigid recipe options as well.
BOOKS TO READ ALOUD
Another Saint Brigid feast day activity that is super simple is read aloud some books about Saint Brigid.
- Brigid’s Cloak: An Ancient Irish Story by Bryce Milligan
- Saint Brigid and the Cows by Eva K. Betz
- Folk Tales of St. Brigid by Fr. Joseph Irvin
- Women of Faith: Saints and Martyrs of the Christian Faith by Calee Lee
- Saints for Girls: A First Book for Little Catholic Girls
- Lives of the Saints by Fr. Alban Butler
- Twenty Tales of Irish Saints by Alice Curtayne
Free audio books
Here is a list of songs about Saint Brigid. These would be great to play while making one of the Saint Brigid recipes, weaving some Saint Brigid crosses, or just while doing some schoolwork on Saint Brigid’s feast day.
- Sing a song for Brigid
- Hymn to St. Brigid
- Hymn to St Brigid (instrumental)
- Gabhaim Molte Bríde – Hymn to St. Brigid
- Hymn to Saint Brigid by Christopher Devlin
FREE PRINTABLE SAINT BRIGID PRAYER CARD
Enjoy this free printable Saint Brigid of Ireland prayer card! Just click on the picture or caption below.
SAINT BRIGID ITEMS TO BUY
I am so excited to celebrate the feast day of Saint Brigid of Ireland on February 1. Check out my Instagram to see updates on how our day goes.
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