St.Brigid's Cross Making in 4th Class
As we all know the feast day of St. Brigid is celebrated on the first of February. St Brigid is one of the patron saints of Ireland. She is known as “Muire na nGael”. Legend has it that St. Brigid visited a pagan man who was dying. She picked up rushes from the ground and made them into a cross to help explain to him about God. Before he died he believed in Jesus. He died a Christian.
On January 31st, in preparation for her feast day, we made St. Brigid’s crosses in class. A special visitor came in to teach us how to make the crosses. It was Aisling and Hannah Rose’s granny, Mrs Flanagan. Mrs Flanagan is also Kathleen’s mum. Teacher divided us into groups and gave us a pile of rushes each.
Soon everybody got the hang of it and we made loads of our own crosses. People made both square crosses and triangular crosses, and Aisling made a huge cross.
Mrs Flanagan told us that the cross will protect our home from fire. She kindly gave us the night off homework. It was a great experience.