Dedication

This dedication ritual, found in our Book of Hours, is an optional rite for those wishing to mark their dedication to Brighid. It is not a requirement for joining Clann Bhride, nor for worshiping our Lady. You will need:

  • a candle
  • a lighter or matches
  • a cup or bowl of water
  • the Book of Hours, or a printout of this page

 

1

Light a candle with the flame-lighting prayer:

I will light my candle as Brighid lights it; Her candle is the sun and Her altar the earth. And as this little candle lights my room, may Her great candle light the universe.

Hail to you, oh foster-mother! Your love is a flame. Give me the strength to bear Your tenderness; give me the power to bear Your light. Let my heart become like a perpetual fire tended by the priestesses of all my thoughts.

Hail to you, oh woman-comrade! Hail to you, oh trusted friend! I will share my confidences with You today for I know You will comfort me; I will kindle my heart with Your light until I glow like gold.

 

2

Shine the candle-light into the water to bless it.  Once the water has been blessed, anoint yourself with nine drops or palm-fulls of the water, with these words:

A droplet of water from the river of Brighid, a droplet of water from the well of Brighid, a droplet of water from the hands of Brighid, upon my head and my heart as Brighid’s child.

To help me, to guard me, to shield me, to surround me, to wash me and anoint me with the grace of the goddess.

A droplet for health, a droplet for strength, a droplet for beauty, a droplet for art, a droplet for prosperity, a droplet for peace, a droplet for courage, a droplet for character, a droplet for the joy of Brighid, may Her protection enfold me.

 

3

Brighid of the Earth, bless me with prosperity, bless those I love with prosperity, bless all the world. I dedicate my flesh to the goddess Brighid.

Brighid of the Waters, bless me with health, bless those I love with health, bless all the world. I dedicate my blood to the goddess Brighid.

Brighid of the Sun, bless me with beauty, bless those I love with beauty, bless all the world. I dedicate my vision to the goddess Brighid.

Brighid of the Clouds, bless me with wisdom, bless those I love with wisdom, bless all the world. I dedicate my thoughts to the goddess Brighid.

Brighid of the Winds, bless me with vitality, bless those I love with vitality, bless all the world. I dedicate my breath to the goddess Brighid.

Brighid of the Stones, bless me with strength, bless those I love with strength, bless all the world. I dedicate my bones to the goddess Brighid.

Brighid of the Spirit, bless me with illumination, bless those I love with illumination, bless all the world. I dedicate my spirit to the goddess Brighid.

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