February 1: Feast of St Brigid
St Brigid of Ireland is one of the patron saints of the Sisters of Mercy. Brigid's feast day is celebrated on February 1, the date that marks the traditional beginning of Spring in Ireland according to the Celtic calendar
This year St Brigid's feast day marks the 1500th anniversary of her death. Celebrations are being held in Kildare, Ireland, her homeplace, to celebrate and commemorate St Brigid the woman, her life and legacy.
Among the events:
- A talk "The Real St Brigid" can be watched here
- An Ecumenical Service in St. Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare "Celebrating St. Brigid. Brigid 1500: A Service of Thanksgiving" will be live-streamed on February 1.
- Pause for Peace at midday (local time)
The global Pause for Peace Movement was launched in Kildare in 2023 to mark Ireland’s new national holiday in honour of St. Brigid. The people of Kildare invite people from around the world to stop and pause for 1 minute’s silence/reflection with the aim of forming a spirit of solidarity and peace in societies all over the globe.