The Cane Cross of Saint Brigid of Kildare

Set of three: Gold-plated stainless steel rhinestone bangle and charm bangle, a double wrap stretch bracelet made of cloisonne, howlite, glass, crystal, and turquoise malachite beads. A unique cane cross cabochon, a dark green tassel, and a Claddaugh complete the charm bangle.
     In Christianity, Saint Brigid and her cross are linked together by a story about her weaving this form of cross at the death bed of a pagan lord. One version goes like this:
     A chieftain from the village of Kildare was dying. Christians in his household sent for Brigid to talk to him. When she arrived, the chieftain was raving. Brigid sat down at his bedside and began consoling him. As was customary, the dirt floor was strewn with rushes both for warmth and cleanliness. Brigid stooped down and started to weave them into a cross, fastening the points together. The sick man asked what she was doing. She began to explain the cross, and as she talked, his delirium quieted and he questioned her with growing interest. Through her weaving, he converted and was baptized at the point of death. Since then, the cross of rushes has existed in Ireland.
     The presence of Brigid's cross in Ireland is likely far older than Christianity. The Goddess Brigid was one of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Her feast day was the feast of Imbolc, and the cross made of rushes today is very likely the descendant of a pagan symbol. The crosses are traditionally made in Ireland on St. Brigid's feast day, February 1, marking the beginning of spring. Traditionally cane crosses were set over doorways and windows to protect the home from any kind of harm.

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