Did you know that Ireland has a female patron saint? St. Brigid’s feast day is celebrated on February 1st, but not in quite the same way as her more famous counterpart – St. Patrick. In Ireland we remember St. Brigid by making a cross from rushes (reeds) just as she did.
We place them over the door of our houses and barns to protect us (and our animals) from harm. So how did this custom come about? Legend has it that she was called to the deathbed of a pagan Chieftain. As she sat by his bedside she picked up some rushes from the floor (rushes were a common floor material at that time). She began weaving them into a cross and explained to the Chieftain the meaning of the cross. Her words brought him peace and he asked to be baptized as a Christian before he died.
- Sterling Silver
- Cross approx 3/4" (1" inc. Bail)
- Sterling Silver 18” chain
- Presentation Box