Christianity for the Rest of Us

February 1 is St Brigid Day, Ireland’s female patron saint.  Brigid (d. 525) was an abbess and founder of the great monastic communities at Kildare, a leader in early Celtic Christianity, and is venerated in both the western and eastern churches.  

Birgid is also the patron saint of beer makers.  The reason?  The following meditation attributed to her, written c. 500.  A good day to pray for barrels of peace and cellars of mercy.  Raise a pint and celebrate her memory!
I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings.
I should like the angels of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.
I should like
 excellent meats of belief and pure piety.
I should like the men of Heaven at my house.
I should like barrels of peace at their disposal.
I should like for them cellars of mercy.
I should like cheerfulness to be their drinking.
I should like Jesus to be there among them.
I should like the three Marys of illustrious renown to be with us.
I should like the people of Heaven, the poor, to be gathered around from all parts.

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