“voice would be heard with admiration by the entire world.”
Despite the foretelling of great things to come, Bridget failed to speak as an infant for three years, remaining completely mute. At age three, holy legend tells us that she suddenly acquired speech, communicating clearly and eloquently, like that of a mature adult. At age seven, following the death of her mother, Saint Bridget was graced with a vision of Our Blessed Mother, who appeared, presenting Bridget with a beautiful crown. Following this sacred encounter, Bridget embraced the Christian virtues, becoming modest, humble, and peaceful—significantly more so than one would expect for a girl her age.
At age thirteen, Bridget married Ulpho of Sweden, Prince of Nericia, in obedience to her father’s wishes. Together, they parented eight children, four boys and four girls, one of whom, Saint Catherine of Sweden, is honored as a Saint. Saint Bridget and her husband, under her influence, devoted themselves and their family to a life of piety. She occupied her days instructing her children in the ways of the faith. Similarly, she devoted herself zealously to serving the sick and poor, establishing homes for their care, and despite her status as royalty, washing and kissing their feet. Despite harsh penances and fasting she personally practiced, Saint Bridget served meals to twelve individuals each day, selecting the poorest, neediest, and most undesirable for the honor.
Saint Bridget received a series of sublime revelations, all of which she scrupulously submitted to the judgment of her confessor. Written down for the faithful, these visions often focused on moments of the life of Christ, including the Nativity and Passion.
“He ascended gladly like a meek lamb led to the slaughter (and) extended his arms and opened his right hand and placed it on the cross. Those savage torturers monstrously crucified it, piercing it with a nail through that part where the bone was more solid. And then with a rope, they pulled violently on his left hand and fastened it to the cross in the same manner. Finally they extended his body on the cross beyond all measure; and placing one of his shins on top of the other the fastened to the cross his feet, thus joined, with two nails… Then the crown of thorns, which they had removed from his head when he was being crucified they now put back, fitting it onto his most holy head. It pierced his awesome head with such force that then and there his eyes were filled with flowing blood ad his ears were obstructed… And as I, filled with sorrow, gazed at their cruelty, I then saw his most mournful Mother lying on the earth, as if trembling and half dead. She was being consoled by John and by those others, her sisters, who were then standing not far from the cross on the right side. Then the new sorrow of the compassion of that most holy Mother so transfixed me that I felt, as it were, that a sharp sword of unbearable bitterness was piecing my heart.”
light passed through her body.” Joseph had provided a candle, to illuminate the dark stable in the night. With the birth of the Savior, however, the candlelight was overcome by a divine light which bathed the Holy Family: “Her [Mary's] back was turned against the manger. Verily though all of a sudden, I saw the glorious Infant lying on the ground naked and shining… Then I heard also the singing of the angels, which was of miraculous sweetness and great beauty … When therefore the Virgin felt that she had already born her Child, she immediately worshipped him, her head bent down and her hands clasped, with great honor and reverence and said to him: Be welcome my God, my Lord, and my Son."
“Fifteen Prayers of Saint Bridget,” in honor of His Passion. Our Lord made the following promises to those who would pray these fifteen prayers each day for one year:
1) “I will deliver fifteen souls of his lineage from Purgatory.”
2) “Fourteen souls of his lineage will be confirmed and preserved in grace.”
3) “Fifteen sinners of his lineage will be converted.”
4) “Whoever recites these prayers will obtain the first degree of perfection.”
5) “Fifteen days before his death, I will give him My Precious Blood to drink lest he thirst eternally.”
6) “Fifteen days before his death he will conceive a deep contrition for all his sins and a perfect knowledge of them.”
7) “I will place before him My Victorious Cross for his help and defense against the attacks of his enemies.”
8) “Before his death I will come with My Dearest and Beloved Mother.”
9) “I will graciously receive his soul, and will lead it into Eternal Joys.”
10) “And having led it there, I will give him a special draught from the fountain of my deity, something I will not do for those who have not recited My Prayers.”
11) “Let it be known that whoever may have been living in a state of mortal sin for thirty years, but who will recite devoutly, or have the intention to recite these prayers, I, the Lord will forgive him all of his sins.”
12) “I will defend him against evil temptations.”
13) “I will preserve and guard his five senses.”
14) “I will preserve him from a sudden death.”
15) “His soul will be delivered from eternal death.”
16) “He will obtain all he asks for from God and the Blessed Virgin.”
17) “If he has lived all his life doing his own will, and he is to die the next day, his life will be prolonged.”
18) “Every time one recites these prayers he will gain a hundred days indulgences.”
19) “He will be assured of being joined to the Supreme Choir of Angels.”
20) “Whoever teaches these prayers to another will have continual joy and merit which will last throughout eternity.”
21) “There, where these prayers are being said or may be said in the future, God will be present there by His Grace.”
Saint Bridget leaves a legacy of charity, visions, and prayer. Having dedicated herself to Our Lord, and struggling to understand His suffering and passion, Saint Bridget continues to glorify the Lord from her rightful place in heaven. We pray for her intercession, her faith, and her heart of service.
Prayer of St. Bridget
We pray thee, O most clement Virgin Mary,
Queen of the world and of angels, to obtain relief
for those whom the fire of Purgatory tries,
pardon for sinners, perseverance in good for the just,
and also defend us weak brethren from menacing danger.
Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord who lives and reigns with The Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Year 2: Day 204 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Deeper faith; Lives of charity and service; Suffering united with Christ.
Requested Intentions: Healing, successful relationships for son, financial success (J); Success of a company (L); For a religious society (J); Healing of a husband, strength as a faithful caregiver (D); Healing of a son (T); Financial security, Healing and guidance (M); Healing of a heart and relationship (V); Employment for daughter (J); For a marriage that glorifies the Lord (K); Resolution of family situation, parents’ health (A); Positive results (C); For a son’s employment, faith, and relationships (S); Restored family relationships (A); Healthy conception and delivery of children (J); For a girlfriend’s recovery from a debilitating mental illness (J); For a daughter’s successful examination results (A); Occupational success, health and safety of family (S); Reduction in anxiety for husband, financial freedom (S); Healing for a sister-in-law (J); For a family experiencing a difficult child custody case (M); Reunification of a family struggling with separation (M): For a son struggling with mental illness (M); Successful examination results (B); To be freed from the chains of sin (J); Admission to a good university (M); For successful surgery (T); For a mother’s mental health and for kindness and forgiveness, for housing problems, for dental health (T).