Brighid, Goddess and Saint

Music, Stories and Songs

Plainsong

Flame of Ireland, Medieval Irish Plainchant, An Office for St. Brigit, Canty, Gaudeamus 2005, CD GAU 354

From the sleeve notes: A performance of material for the Office of Matins for the Feast of St. Brigit based on Manuscript 80 from the library of Trinity College Dublin. The manuscript is a fifteenth century noted breviary. It is believed to have been used in the parish of Kilmoone, Co. Meath from at least 1470 until 1604. The harp accompaniments to the plainsong pay tribute to a growing body of evidence supporting the view that harps were used in Celtic religious foundations.

Mass Setting

Missa Celtica, John Cameron, The Choir of New College Oxford, English Chamber Orchestra, Máire Nì Chathasaigh, Lindsay Wagstaff, Emmanuel Lawler, John Bowley, CD Erato 1999

The Ordinary of the Mass (in Latin) with Gaelic poems that illustrate the lives and journeys the Celtic Saints from the 5th to the 7th centuries. St. Brigid is honoured with a setting of Bridget's Descent1 from Carmina Gadelica.

Songs and chants

Welcome Brigid, Mystical and Celtic Chant and Song to the Divine Feminine, Mirabilis: Katy Taylor with Amy Fradon 2005, CD, also available on iTunes

From the sleeve notes: This collection of songs and chants… are prayers to welcome and embrace the Divine Feminine energy in my life.

Welcome Brigid: A Sacred Imbolc Chant,  James Stone, Forbidden Frequencies Music (191061328216) available on iTunes

Welcome Brigid is a traditional chant that was recorded for use in Imbolc rituals honoring Brigid, Goddess of the Flame, the Forge and the Well.

Braiding the Flame of Brigid, Minette Quick, MO Productions 2000, CD

A celebration of the Spirit of Brigid of Kildare recorded for Fēile Bhrīde 2000

Songs of Bride, Sally Pullinger, Jana Runnalls, Oshia Drury, Julie Felix… with art by Jill Smith 2006, CD

Produced to raise funds for the Friends of Bride's Mound, Glastonbury and available from their website.

Storytelling

Brigid – Celtic Goddess & Christian Saint, Peter Vallance and Diana Elaina, CD Recorded live at the Findhorn Foundation on Brigid's eve 1990. Available from http://www.peterthestoryteller.co.uk/store.html

Scottish songs and stories including an Invocation to Brigid and a telling of The Coming of Angus and Bride.


  1. Carmina Gadelica, Alexander Carmichael

Each day and each night that
I say the Descent of Brigit,
I shall not be slain, I shall not be sworded,
I shall not be put in cell, I shall not be hewn,
I shall not be riven, I shall not be anguished,
I shall not be wounded, I shall not be ravaged,
I shall not be blinded, I shall not be made naked,
I shall not be left bare,
Nor will Christ leave me forgotten.

Nor fire shall burn me,
Nor sun shall burn me,
Nor moon shall blanche me.

Nor water shall drown me,
Nor flood shall drown me,
Nor brine shall drown me.

I am under the shielding of Good Brigit each day;
I am under the shielding of Good Brigit each night.

I am under the keeping of the Nurse of Mary,
Each early and late, every dark, every light.

Brigit is my comrade-woman,
Brigit is my maker of song,
Brigit is my helping woman,
my choicest of women, my guide.