St Brigid of Ireland (Kildare) is one of three patron saints of Ireland. Born into slavery, Brigid was known to have been a very generous and caring child, always ready to give anything she had to someone. Trouble was many times the items were not hers to give away. At a young age she was sold to work in a dairy, where the milk was made into butter and cheese. One story was that a group of poor people came to beg for food and Brigid nearly gave away all of the owners inventory to help feed the hungry crowd. Another story tells of her father (an Irish chief), exhausted from her charitable contributions of his possessions, took her to the high king of Ireland to see if he would like to buy his beautiful daughter as a slave. While he was inside discussing the potential purchase, Brigid gave away her father's jewel incrusted sword to a man who asked for food. Not knowing what else to do with her, her father allowed to become a nun and she built a hut beneath a giant oak tree where other nuns came to construct huts and live and work with Brigid. These nuns, know as the first Sisters of Mercy, took care of the poor and sick, tended to children who were without parents, and those who were hungry. Eventually the king gave Brigid the land where they lived and her establishment became a proper monastery and was named Kildare, celtic for church of the oak. There are many stories attributed to her works of charity and good naturedness.
Brigid is also attributed to the poem - Lake of Beer. Your choice for the reverse of the card is either a prayer to St. Brigid or her poem with a blessing to beer.
Although Brigid is highly venerated, there was not enough plausible history of her actual existence and during the Second Vatican Council she was removed from the Liturgical Calendar, but I still like her message and wanted to include her in my collection anyway, so there. Plus I got to draw a cow so I look it as a win, win.
Her feast day is the 1st of February, and she is the patron saint of beer, dairy workers, Ireland, cattle, children born into abusive families, infants, midwives, to name a few.
My original illustration, drawn first in pen and digitally colored, printed on 80 lb. stock and finished with a nice heavy lamination. All cards are trimmed by hand (typically mine or one of my two dogs) making them truly a non mass produced item that is unique and created with care.
Card size is 2.5 x 4.5 inches.
Prayer cards are nice little reminders to take small moments out of our hectic days for reflection. Perfect to use as a bookmark, stick in a mirror, or anywhere eyes will happen upon it, and a great little thoughtful item to tuck into a card for a wee gift to mail.
All cards can be personalized on the reverse to celebrate confirmations, baptisms, first communions, church groups, weddings or anniversaries. Minimum order of 12. There is a $20 design fee and will require a 2 or 3 week turnaround time. Please inquire for more information.
Thanks for looking!
~Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, thee by a kindly word; always doing the smallest things right, and doing all for love.~ St. Therese of Lisieux
I accept all forms of payment.
Prompt payment is always appreciated with a big happy smile. After 24 hours a reminder email will be sent with pursed confused eyebrows. If no payment is received after 48 hours the order will be canceled with a deflated sad frown.
Attention Michigan customers... I regret to inform I must collect 6% sales tax.
Items will be shipped out within 3 days of receipt of payment.
All prayer cards and inexpensive items are sent through USPS First Class Mail. For items such as rosaries or jewelry over $20 in cost, I will send via Priority Mail with delivery confirmation. Orders outside of the United States ship First Class Mail. An email will be sent when the item is shipped.
Speaking of shipping orders outside the United States, please expect possibly a number of weeks to pass before delivery occurs. International buyers are responsible for any taxes, duties, tariffs, or any other type of costs that my be incurred at time of delivery.
I will ship to the address specified on your Etsy order. To avoid head scratching confusion please make sure that Etsy and PayPal address match. Unless, of course, your order is a gift purposely being sent to a different location.
Speaking of gifts, if the item is a gift please notify me at the time of purchase in which case I will include a card. Gift-wrapping is also available on request, because who doesn't get a bit excited when when the word "gift" is mentioned. Well, I do anyway.
Need it fast? Please tell me when you make your purchase and I will be happy to FedEx. An additional PayPal invoice will be sent to you with the upgraded shipping expense.
If the item is lost or stolen in shipping, we'll certainly figure out how to right the situation.
Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 12 hours of purchase
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Unhappy? Goodness, we certainly can't have that. I will do my best to correct any problems, on a case by case basis. In the unfortunate event that something goes awry email or convo me right away. I want you to be truly happy with your purchase and will work with you to try to resolve any problem. Please note that any problems need to be brought to my attention within 7 days of receipt of item, after that time no refunds will be given.
Common Sense Disclaimer - Please, please remember when buying a rosary that they are not intended to be handled by children. Due to the small parts used in construction, never give to a baby or small child. In addition, I always do my best to try to use lead free materials. However, in using vintage beads and findings there is a possibility that they could contain trace amounts of lead. In purchasing any of my items you are acknowledging this disclaimer.
Nov 19, 2020
Beautifully packaged. Love this card!
Sep 24, 2020
Wonderful and beautiful art on this card! Fast shipping too! Thank you!
May 25, 2020
I love the prayer on the back of this card. The seller was friendly and helpful. The original package of prayer cards I ordered got lost in the mail, and the seller resent them at no extra charge. I'm very grateful.
May 13, 2020
I chose this card because I'm a brewer (but not religious). It's very sturdy and laminated. Love it!
Mar 11, 2020
Great colors, great printing and shipped in a timely manner