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Saint Brigid icon, Handmade Greek Catholic Orthodox icon of St Brigid of Ireland, Byzantine art wall hanging wood plaque religious decor

Saint Brigid icon, Handmade Greek Catholic Orthodox icon of St Brigid of Ireland, Byzantine art wall hanging wood plaque religious decor

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This handmade orthodox icon is a lithography with double varnish layer to ensure vivid colors and waterproof properties depicting Saint Brigid of Ireland / Kildare is a god inspired artwork abiding to the Athonian technique that was gives this icon unique religious and aesthetic value.


Saint Brigid was born Brigit, and shares a name with a Celtic goddess from whom many legends and folk customs are associated.


There is much debate over her birthparents, but it is widely believed her mother was Brocca, a Christian baptized by Saint Patrick, and her father was Dubthach, a Leinster chieftain. Brocca was a slave, therefore Brigid was born into slavery.


When Dubthach's wife discovered Brocca was pregnant, she was sold to a Druid landowner. It is not clear if Brocca was unable to produce milk or was not present to care for Brigid, but legend states Brigid vomited any food the druid attempted to feed her, as he was impure, so a white cow with red ears sustained her instead.


Many stories of Brigid's purity followed her childhood. She was unable to keep from feeding the poor and healing them.


One story says Brigid once gave her mother's entire store of butter, that was later replenished after Brigid prayed.


When she was about ten-years-old, Brigid was returned to her father's home, as he was her legal master. Her charity did not end when she left her mother, and she donated his possessions to anyone who asked.


The saint shares her name with an important Celtic goddess and there are many legends and folk customs associated with her.

 


She later founded a school of art that included metalwork and illumination, which Conleth led as well. It was at this school that the Book of Kildare, which the Gerald of Wales praised as "the work of angelic, and not human skill," was beautifully illuminated, but was lost three centuries ago.


There is evidence that Brigid was a

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