Hymns for the feast of St Brigid of Kildare (1 February)

St Brigid / Brighid / Bridget - superimposed on hymns
A selection of  hymns and songs, based on the readings and themes for the feast of St Brigid of Kildare, as well as the stories and themes associated with her life.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), so the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright are also included, where these are particularly relevant.

Seasonal Note

Brigid of Kildare, known as Muire na nGael (Mary of the Irish) is the secondary patron national saint of Ireland.  She lived from approx 451 to 525 AD. Born of a court-official father and slave mother, she is credited as being Ireland's first nun, founding several monasteries, and with being generous and compassionate, and a peace-maker. There are many legends about her care for people and the earth, working with cows, milking, making butter, brewing, carrying a torch, weaving crosses from rushes, spreading a miraculous cloak, etc.

Readings

First:   Job 13: 16-20, 24-25, 31-32  -  The prophet examines his conscience, asking if there are times he has been insensitive to the needs of the poor.
OR
Ephesians 3:14-21 - Paul prays "may he give you the power through his infinite Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong"  ...  " know the fullness of God."

Psalm 106  35-28, 41-42- Give thanks to the Lord for he is good / He changes deserts into streams / Now they sow fields and plant vines / He raises the needy from distress

Gospel: Luke 6:32-38  - Jesus teaches "Love your enemies and do good.   Lend without any hope of return ... Be compassionate as your Father in heaven is compassionate."



Themes

Compassion.   Serving the poor.   Justice and social concern.


Suggested hymns

Blest are the Poor in Heart

Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat

Christ in our Island / Christus in nostra insula

Faith's First Light of Freedom (copyright status unknown) - tune Hail Glorious St Patrick

Gabhaim Molta Bríde

Hymn to St Brigid



Hymns that are or may still be copyright

Dearc Anuas  - Hyde

Faith's Light of Freedom

Folk Hymn to St Brigid - Sr Clare Keady

The Fullness of God - Andersen

Light the Fire - Lawton

Praise we all St Brigid (copyright status unknown)

We Sing a Song to Brigid




Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.

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