Since the sixth century, the Saint Brigid’s Cross has been associated with the timeless folk traditions of Ireland. Throughout Ireland, the cross is affiliated with the arrival of the season of Spring on February 1st and with the Irish goddess, Saint Brigid, a native of Kildare. For this reason, February 1st is now celebrated as Saint Brigid’s Day.
The making of the Saint Brigid’s Cross from Irish rushes (Juncus Effusus), traditionally at the beginning of Spring, is an ancient Irish custom. The cross is hand-woven from rushes gathered from the river Shannon which are cut to length to make the cross. Habitually the cross was placed over entrance doors of many homes and shops throughout Ireland. This tradition continues today and is carried out in the belief that the cross will bring one good fortune. In addition, the cross is commonly seen in ultra-modern homes in order to enhance the beauty of room, making it a handcraft that is an attractive piece in a variety of settings.
Elizabeth Bennett –
My daughter just moved into a new house and no home would be complete without a St. Brigid’s cross over the doorway. I was looking for a cross made from straw/reeds like my parents had and I found it here. The cross is perfect in every way, it’s very well made, and it arrived quickly! Thanks World Prayer Gifts!
The lovely St Brigid’s cross arrived quickly and safely and is now proudly on my mantelpiece. Lovely people to deal with – thank you so much.
Mary Kirkbride –
The Original Saint Brigid’s Cross most certainly met my expectations. It was exactly as described. It is a truly unique expression of Irish culture and I am delighted to now have the authentic cross of my namesake.
With thanks for a smooth and satisfactory transaction!
Melody Kearney –
Beautiful cross .. thank you!