St. Brigid’s History

Brigid, daughter of a Celtic chieftain in eastern Ireland, was born about 453, and baptized by St. Patrick shortly before his death.

StbrigidA leader of the second generation of Irish Christianity, she became abbess of a community of women and men in Kildare, on the site of a pre-Christian ancient shrine to the Celtic goddess of the same name. Brigid was famed for her hospitality and generosity toward the poor.

Tradition claims that she was also consecrated a bishop, which, if true, means she was the last woman bishop in the Christian Church until the late twentieth-century. In Ireland she is known as “Mary of the Gaels,” and girls are often given her name. Brigid died about 523.

Her feast day is February 1, the ancient Celtic feast of Imbolc, the first day of spring in Ireland, and a time of preparation for the planting of crops and the celebration of new life. Many wells in Ireland bear her name.

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St. Brigid’s Prayer

I’d like to give a lake of beer to God.
I’d love the heavenly
Host to be tippling there
For all eternity.

I’d love the men of Heaven to live with me,
To dance and sing.
If they wanted, I’d put at their disposal
Vats of suffering.

White cups of love I’d give them
With a heart and a half;
Sweet pitchers of mercy I’d offer
To every man.

I’d make Heaven a cheerful spot
Because the happy heart is true.
I’d make the men contented for their own sake.
I’d like Jesus to love me too.

I’d like the people of heaven to gather
From all the parishes around.
I’d give a special welcome to the women,
The three Marys of great renown.

I’d sit with the men, the women and God
There by the lake of beer.
We’d be drinking good health forever
And every drop would be a prayer.


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Welcome to St. Brigids, a community of Christ-followers in downtown Vancouver. We are a year-old emerging Christian congregation of Christ Church Cathedral where questions are honoured, faith is nurtured, and discipleship pursued.

St. Brigids is a community that loves to sing, laugh, eat, serve and worship God together in ways that send us refreshed and renewed into our daily lives – wherever that may take us.

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