Brigid 1500 Service to celebratedby Churches together in Kildare

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On Thursday 1st February 2024, churches across Kildare and beyond will come together to
participate in a special ecumenical service at 11.00am in St Brigid’s Cathedral entitled, ‘Celebrating St Brigid. Brigid 1500: A Service of Thanksgiving’.

This service is dedicated to commemorating the 1500th anniversary of St Brigid’s death and will take place on her Feast Day, Lá Fhéile Bríde. It promises an uplifting experience through music, prayer, and worship. Livestreaming of the service will be available worldwide.

The co-leaders of this thanksgiving service are the Most Revd Denis Nulty, Roman Catholic Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, and the Most Revd Patricia Storey, Church of Ireland Bishop of Meath and Kildare. The Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce, the Rector of St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, in the heart of London, will deliver the sermon.

The service will also feature the leaders of the three local churches in Kildare town, Dean Isobel Jackson (St Brigid’s Cathedral), Fr Andy Leahy (St Brigid’s Parish Church) and Fr TC Antony (Carmelite Church). The Cathedral marks the ancient hilltop site where St Brigid founded her double monastery, for men and for women, in the year 480 AD.

At the end of the service, a Pause for Peace will be observed in the Cathedral at 12noon. It will be introduced by Sr Rita Minehan from the Brigidine Sisters. This will be aligning with a broader initiative whereby the people of Kildare are extending a global invitation, urging individuals worldwide to pause for a minute’s silence at midday (local time) on St Brigid’s Day, the 1st of February 2024.

Commenting on the service, Bishop Pat Storey said: “We are delighted to be a part of the Brigid 1500 celebrations which highlight the Christian heritage and living faith of many in this land. We are partners in the gospel alongside every believer as we remember the wonderful legacy of Brigid.”

Bishop Denis Nulty added: “Celebrating anniversaries help to ground us and root us in the reality of the present day. The 1500th anniversary of the death of St Brigid is one such anniversary. I am so looking forward to gathering with Bishop Pat and the people of Kildare in the Cathedral on February 1st as we celebrate and give thanks for the witness of Brigid and the faith she brought.”

Kildare County Council has extended a warm invitation to the community and visitors alike to participate in the Brigid 1500 Programme and celebrate the extraordinary life and legacy of St Brigid throughout 2024, marking the 1500th anniversary of her death. For more information and updates on the programme, please visit www.brigid1500.ie and all Brigid 1500 social media channels.

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Bishop Pat Storey and Bishop Denis Nulty.

Bishop Pat Storey and Bishop Denis Nulty look forward to the Brigid 1500 service in St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare.