Download Free FREE High-quality Joomla! Designs • Premium Joomla 3 Templates
Home / News / Relic of St Brigid returned to Kildare after millennium

Relic of St Brigid returned to Kildare after millennium

A relic of St Brigid – a fragment of her jawbone – has been returned to Co Kildare after nearly a millennium.

A procession to accompany the relic from its location in the Solas Bhride Centre in Tully began at 10.30am and proceeded to St Brigid’s Parish Church in Kildare town.

The relic was brought into the church by Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Denis Nulty.

Kildare Tourism Board chairman David Mongey said St Brigid built her church in Kildare and “her legacy as a peace maker and a protector of nature is still as relevant today as ever”.

It is believed that Brigid died in 524 AD and was buried beside the main altar in her monastic church in Kildare, which then became an attraction for pilgrims throughout Ireland and Europe.

In anticipation of a Viking attack around the year 800, the body of St Brigid was moved to Downpatrick in Northern Ireland, where she was buried in a grave beside St Patrick and St Columba. The location of grave, which was unmarked for protection, was later lost.

The relic was be brought into the church by Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Denis Nulty

However, more than 300 years the burial location was rediscovered and the body of St Brigid was enshrined in 1186.

After the shrine was destroyed some 400 years later, Brigid’s remains were secretly transported to the continent.

Tradition holds that Irish knights took a bone fragment from her head to Lumiar, a small town outside Lisbon in Portugal, in the 13th century. The relic is still venerated in the church of St John the Baptist in Lumiar.

In the 1930s, the Brigidine Sisters in Tullow procured a portion of the Lumiar relic and brought it back to Ireland.

The relic was today returned to Kildare town, where it will be placed on permanent display inside St Brigid’s Parish Church.

Source link

Check Also

Farm groups say ‘huge uncertainty’ over EU nature law

Farming organisations have expressed concern about the nature restoration law backed by EU environment ministers …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *