Belleek St. Brigid’s Cross Ornament
Belleek St Brigid’s Cross Ornament measures approximately 4 inches. Made by Belleek, in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
St. Brigid, one of Ireland’s patron saints, founded a monastery in Kildare in the 6th century. It is said that she converted her father on his deathbed to Christianity while making a cross from rushes. In those early Christian times the farmers adopted the custom of making these same crosses at the beginning of spring to protect their holding, placing them in prominent positions in their houses and buildings. This is why it is sometimes referred to as The Protection Cross. The tradition of making the crosses on the 1st of February, St. Brigid’s Feast Day, continues to the present day.
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