15th July

May We Have Fullness

Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out upon you in abundance all kinds of good things. Malachi 3:10

Brigid was born about 455AD, the daughter of Leinster’s pagan King Dubtach and his slave woman, Broicsech, who was a Christian. After Brigid was conceived two Bishops from Scotland prophesied great things for her over her mother. Dubtach’s infertile, jealous wife forced him to sell Broicsech as a slave to a druid priest.

Brigid used to throw up the food provided by the priest, so a good local woman was allowed to feed her from her own stock. Brigid wanted to be holy and from her earliest days she rejected anything that was not wholesome. She grew strong and bold, and liberally fed the sheep, the birds and the poor. She then returned to her father’s house, where she exasperated Dubtach by her habit of giving away his food and goods. She constantly took the initiative. Once when she was travelling with her father her attendant was taken ill. Brigid fetched water from a well, prayed over it, and gave it him to drink; it tasted like ale and he recovered.

Brigid’s mother continued as a hard-working slave, and Brigid often returned to help her. A song she sang as she churned the butter for her mother and their many visitors is recorded in Lives of the Saints from the Book of Lismore: ‘Mary’s Son, my friend, come to bless this kitchen. May we have fullness through you.’ Through Brigid the Lord multiplied the butter as he once multiplied loaves and fishes. Eventually this faith-filled way of life won the heart of the druid, who became a Christian, and he gave Brigid’s mother her freedom.

Mary’s Son, my friend, come and bless the kitchen.
May we have fullness through you.
Mary’s Son, my friend, come and bless the school.
May we have fullness through you.
Mary’s Son, my friend, come and bless the soil.
May we have fullness through you.
Mary’s Son, my friend, come and bless the work.
May we have fullness through you

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