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CROS BRÍDE

Wednesday next is the feastday of the Irish Saint Bridget. Bridget was an early (5th century) Irish saint. Her feastday is probably a Christianized version of an earlier pagan festival marking the beginning of Spring. Associated with the feast of the saint is the making and display in the house of a traditional type of simple cross.

Cros Bríde (St. Bridget's Cross) is a small cross usually woven from rushes.  The Christian story associated with it is that when Bridget visited a sick man she explained to him about the death of Christ and, to help, she made a rough cross of rushes. Hence the legend. With the shamrock, the St. Bridget's Cross has become a sort of symbol of Ireland.

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I've always loved the look of the traditional St Brigit's Cross.

- Erulisse (one L)