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.

About St Brigid of Kildare

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.


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.
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."


Compassion.   Serving the poor.   Justice and social concern.

Free-use hymns

Blest are the Poor in Heart

Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat

Christ in our Island / Christus in nostra insula

Gabhaim Molta Bríde

Hymn to St Brigid

St Brigid, Saint Most Holy

Hymns that may still be copyright

An Ephesian Prayer - Marchionda

Dearc Anuas  - Hyde

Ephesians 3 - Lundy

Faith's Light of Freedom

Folk Hymn to St Brigid - Sr Clare Keady

Gracious Brigid - Brown (video)

The Fullness of God - Andersen

Light the Fire - Lawton

Praise we all St Brigid

Royal Lady, O St Brigid (video) - Ryan

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