Hi, here is some fearas I have sourced off the web. I hope it saves you some time. Please scroll down to find your class level:
PowerPoint for the younger classes
Junior Infants to First Class
Here is a link to St. Brigid’s Cloak story being read aloud, here it can be found as gaeilge too.
Link to the PowerPoint here: st_brigid_02
Here is what is included in the PowerPoint on the link above:
SONG – WE SONG A SONG TO BRIGID
words to the song and music notes.
This is a good website for this information: http://www.godsongs.net/2012/11/we-sing-song-to-brigid-bridget.html
We sing a song to Brigid,
Brigid brings the spring
Awakens all the fields and the flowers
And calls the birds to sing.
All were welcome at her door,
no one was turned away.
She loved the poor, the sick and the sore,
She helped them on their way.
She laid her cloak out on the ground
And watched it grow and grow,
In wells and streams and fields of green
St. Brigid’s blessings flow.
Senior Infants – 3rd Class
Here is a more detailed version:
Link to the PowerPoint here: st_brigid_2
3rd to 6th Class or altered slightly for younger levels
Here is a PDF which is much more detailed from file:///G:/1.%20Senior%20infanrs%202015/5.%20January/StBridget.pdf
Click for the PDF here: StBridget
Here is what is in the PDF
St. Brigid’s Crosses
Good website here that shows step to step how to make the crosses for the younger classes too! http://www.catholicicing.com/how-to-make-a-st-brigids-cross-with-kids/
Start with 1 straight pipe cleaner. Place a folded pipe cleaner over it. Rotate it once to the left, and add another pipe cleaner. Rotate it once to the left, and add another pipe cleaner. Rotate it once to the left, and …. well, I think you’re starting to understand. It’s actually very easy once you get going! Ever time you add a pipe cleaner, you put it over all of the pieces sticking up. Then rotate and repeat. When the cross has gotten to your desired size, cut some small sections of pipe cleaner, and twist the ends together. We made this one using the colors of the Irish flag!
Information about St. Brigid Traditions:
Found on the below website:
There are a number of traditions associated with St. Brigid. The St. Brigids Cross The most characteristic and most widespread Irish custom connected with St. Brigid’s Eve was the making of the “cros Bríde”or “Bogha Bríde” (St. Brigid’s Cross) to invoke protection. The most usual type was very simple in design but of course these were variations – one of these in fact, was adopted as its symbol by Radio Telefís Eireann, the Irish broadcasting service. The making of the crosses was attended with some ceremony. In the southern half of the country the cross was sprinkled with holy waters, hung up above or close to the entrance door with an appropriate prayer but in the northern of the country the ritual was much more elaborate, especially in Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, most parts of Ulster and also in the Dundalk area of Co. Louth: One of the family, a girl, representing the Saint leaves the house and when outside knocks three times to gain admittance. She carries rushes in her hands. Each time on knocking she says: “Teighidh sibh ar bhus nglúna, déaraidh sibh umhlaíocht, agus ligigidh Bríd Bheannachtach isteach”. (Which means “Go down on your knees, do homage and let Blessed Brigid enter the house”). When this has been said for the third time, those inside respond ” O tar isteach, tá céad fáilte romhat”. (O, Come in, you are a hundred times welcome). Then she enters and places the rushes on the table. The supper has already been laid out on the table and the following grace is recited by the father and mother: “Beannaigh sinn, a Dhia, beannaigh ár mbiadh agus ár ndeach, is tú a cheannaigh sinn go daor, soar sinn ar gach olc!” (Bless us, O God, bless our food and our drink; it is Thou who has redeemed us at great price, deliver us form all evil!). When the supper was eaten the parents recite a long thanksgiving prayer. In explanation of why the crosses were made and put up tradition without hesitation answers ‘protection’. Protection against fire, storm and lightening is the most usual reason given but also illness and disease. We have made St. Brigid’s Crosses and examples of these are shown on the ‘Decorations’ page. The Candlelight Procession On the eve of St. Brigid’s Day, there is a candlelight procession from Faughart graveyard, the location of St. Brigid’s Well, past St. Brigid’s Shrine up to Kilcurry Church, approximately 3 miles away. Then prayers are said, including the Rosary. St. Brigid’s Well The graveyard in Faughart, just outside Dundalk, Co. Louth, is the location of an old well, normally associated with St. Brigid. It is said that the water in the Well rises on her feast day, February 1st. The graveyard is actually at one of the highest points in the area, and therefore so too is the Well. This makes the myth all the more interesting, as a well normally has located at a low point, landwise to get water. We visited this Well, and the photos are shown. St. Brigid’s Well, Faughart St. Brigid’s Well, Faughart St. Brigid’s Well, Faughart The Brídeóg In many places of Ireland one of the main features of St. Brigid’s Eve was that groups of people went from house to house carrying a symbol of the saint. They were welcomed always by the householders since they announced that they were bringing St. Brigid’s blessing to the household. Sometimes they carried numerous Brigid’s crosses and they gave one to the head of each house, however usually it was accepted that the girl who carried the symbol was the most beautiful and modest of them all. In many cases of Co. Louth and Co. Armagh, there were traditions associated with “Brigid’s Shield” (Sciath Bhrighid) and Brigid’s Crown (Coróin Bhrigid) where the most beautiful girl of a particular area wearing a crown of rushes, a shield on her left arm and a cross in her right hand, was escorted by a group of young girls from house to house on Brigid’s Eve – or Brigid’s Morning, and that special prayers and ceremonies were observed! St. Brigid’s Ribbon There was also customs associated with ‘ribín Bríghid’ (St. Brigid’s ribbon) whereby a silk ribbon was placed on the windowsill during the night in honour of the Saint. The general belief was that the Saint going about the country on the Eve of her feast, would touch the ribín and endow it with healing powers. Some believed that the healing powers only improved with age and that its healing power was greatest after it had been kept for seven years. As well as relieving illness, it could cure barrenness, help women in childbirth and ward off evil influences. There is also a tradition, which believes that hoarfrost, gathered from the grass on the morning of St. Brigid’s day, is an infallible cure for headache. Many people also brought water from a well dedicated to the Saint and sprinkled it on the house and its occupants, farm builders, livestock and fields, invoking the blessing of the Saint. Source of some of the above: The Year in Ireland – Kevin Donagher ^TOP http://www.iol.ie/~marist/halo/halobridgid/bridgidtrads.html There are many different theories about St. Brigid’s life. We did extensive research in the local library. We had a guided tour of the graveyard where St. Brigid’s Well in Faughart is located. We also visited St. Brigid’s Shrine, where we heard the different myths about St. Brigid, which are explained below. These tours were given by local historian and guide, Mr Hugh Smyth. One Possibility….. Brigid’s story begins in 453 AD. She was born the illegitimate daughter of Brocessa, a slave girl, and Dubthach, a pagan chieftan of Faughart, which is situated just 2 miles from Dundalk. Both Brigid and her mother were banished from Faughart after she was born, but she returned as a young woman to be reclaimed by her father as was customary in those times, but Brigid was never accepted by her stepmother who tried to sell her to the King of Leinster. The King of Leinster, himself a Christian, persuaded her father to grant her freedom, which he did and on gaining her freedom Brigid went in search of her mother Brocessa. On finding her ill, Brigid insisted on taking over her mother’s role as a slave of the household. Her master, a druid, was amazed at this and granted her mother her freedom, so Brigid, having arranged to have her mother looked after, returned to Faughart. St. Brigid’s Shrine Stone with imprint of St. Brigid’s eye Brigid was extremely beautiful and had many suitors, among them a poet whose rank in Celtic Ireland was next to roytalty. Her father, who was arranging the marriage, would not listen to Brigid’s protests, so she prayed that God would take away her beauty and tradition relates that Brigid’s skin was destroyed by a horrible disease. Legend has it that she cast her eye and fired it against a stone, which left an imprint. It is also said that her long hours kneeling in prayer left the marks of her knees in the rock. Faughart became a place of pilgrimage by people of a Christian faith. The rite of episcopal conservation was read over Brigid by mistake so she became, in a sense, a female bishop. This rite was never revoked, as the bishop who professedher said that it was an act of God. She became abbess of her monastery in Kildare and died on the 1st of February 524 AD at the age of 71. Her remains are now entombed in the same grave as St. Patrick and St. Columcille in Downpatrick. Split in stone wfrom whip meant for St. Brigid Visiting the Shrine The custom of making St. Brigid’s crosses may have been a christianised version of a celtic ceremony connected with food production at the beginning of Spring. The crosses were usually made from straw and rushes, although reeds and wood were occasionally used. When Irish people converted to Christianity they sometimes brought ancient traditions with them. Myths surrounding St. Brigid’s life have similarities to those of Brigid, the celtic godess of fertility. The actual making of the cross came about while Brigid was attending the sick bed of a pagan chieftain. She was trying to convert him to Christianity and used the rushes from which his bed was made, to make a cross. The fact that her well is said to rise on her feast day may also be connected back to Celtic mythology. Source: Hugh Smyth, County Museum, Dundalk One type of St. Brigid’s Cross – from County Derry Another Possibility…. The main significance of the feast of Saint Brigid’s on February 1st would seem to be that it was a christianisation of one of the focal points of the agricultural year in Ireland, the starting point of preparations for the spring sowing. A relaxation of the rigours of winter weather was expected at this time, for, according to tradition, the saint had promised. “Gach ré lá go maith ó’m lá – sa arnach agus leath mo lae féinigh.” Every second day fine From my day onward And half of my own day St. Brigid was one of the great trio of saints – along with Patrick and Columba – who laid the foundations of the Celtic Church. She was born about 453 near Umeras, in Co. Kildare and died about 523. Her father was a pagan prince named Dubthach and her mother was Brocerna, a Christian slave in his household. The cult of St. Brigid is still vigorous in Ireland. She is known as the patron of farmers, of artists and of students. On the eve of her feast day, February 1st crosses made of rushes woven together are placed in Irish homes, blessed and hung up in cow-sheds or byres to invoke her protection for the following year. For those who lived near the sea the spring tide nearest to her festival was known as “Rabhastha na féile bride” and was believed to be the greatest spring tide of the year, and the people were quick to take the opportunity of cutting and gathering seaweed to fertilize the crops and collecting shellfish and other shore produce. In many places certain kinds of work were prohibited on the feast day and instead the inhabitants of parishes dedicated to the saint usually kept the day as a holiday and instead preformed devotions at the local shire of the saint. The housewife made sure that the house clean and tidy for the occasion and no matter how poor the household, always provided a festive supper or at least some tasty dish on St. Brigid’s Eve – apple-cake dumplings and colcannon were favourite foods at this time. There were various ways of indicating that her visit to a house or farmyard was welcome. There are traditions of placing a cake, bread and butter, water or pieces of meat on the willow-sill outside as offering to her. After she had passed by there acquired curative properties and were kept to relieve sickness. The lengthening day too, was welcome to people whose artificial lighting was limited. There was a saying which ran “On St. Brigid’s day, you can put away the candlestick and half the candle.” The most common type of St. Brigid’s Cross