A number of events orchastrated by different groups will celebrate St Brigid's Day over the coming weeks.
Both the St Brigid of Faughart Festival and the St Brigid's Shrine Committee will be holding events.
The St Brigid of Faughart Festival will take place in Faughart and Ravensdale between Wednesday Jan 27th and Monday Feb 1st2016 with the theme of “Weaving Brigid’s Magic for a New Way”.
A range of exciting and creative events on offer in this unique, modern festival will explore four different, yet interrelated aspects of Brigid. It will celebrate Brigid’s legacy as Earth Woman, Healer, Poet/Artist and Spiritual Teacher and create opportunities to learn from her wisdom, through talks, workshops and other experiential events available throughout the celebration.
In recent years, interest in Brigid Goddess and Saint has grown both nationally and internationally.
According to event organiser Dolores Whealan: “This was reflected during last year’s festival when visitors from Holland, Denmark, UK, Canada and the USA joined us to celebrate Brigid of Faughart at her special time of Imbolc.
“The annual Brigid's Way Pilgrimage that begins in her birthplace of Faughart also saw many visitors from all over the planet (Denmark, England Mexico, USA, Australia and of course Ireland!) in the past three years (www.brigidsway.ie).
“The Brigid Festival group look forward to sharing our passion for the recovery of the Divine Feminine in and through the archetypal energy of Brigid, Goddess, Celtic Christian saint and wise woman with the many people both near and far who hold a special connection with Brigid.”
Elsewhere the St Brigid's Shrine Committee will have a ceremony to celebrate the Feast of St. Brigid, 1st February, at her birthplace, Faughart, will commence with Mass in the Oratory of St. Brigid’s Shrine at 10.30 am.
Personal blessing with the relic of the Saint will be available at the Shrine from 11.30am to 1.00pm and from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. The Annual Candlelight Procession will be held at 8.00pm from Faughart Graveyard to St. Brigid’s Shrine. This will be the 40th year for this popular ceremony.
In preparation for the Feast, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 4.00pm to 6.00pm on Sunday evening in St. Brigid’s Oratory.
Triduum devotions will be held at 7.30 pm Mass in St. Brigid’s Oratory on Saturday evening and at 10.30 am Mass in St. Brigid’s Church, Kilcurry on Sunday.