The Memorial of Saint Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden
Saint Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden is the Patron Saint of Europe, Sweden, Widows, Failures
Saint Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersMarried People who became Saints
Saint Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden brief life History
|Date of Birth||1303|
|Country of Birth||Sweden in Europe|
|Profession||Saw visions concerning the reform of the Church, messages to kings and popes and many other persons in high places, directing them to work for the Church|
|Place of Work||Rome, Papal States, Italy|
|Date of Death||23 July 1373|
|Place of Death||Rome, Papal States|
|Feast Day||July 23|
|Beatification||By Not Available|
|Canonization||By Canonized in 1391|
|Patron Saint of||Europe, Sweden, Widows, Failures|
Saint Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden Short life History
Saint Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden born as Birgitta Birgersdotter, also Birgitta of Vadstena.
Birgitta was married when she was 13 years old to a young man, Ulf Gudmarsson with whom she had eight children, four daughters and four sons, all of them survived infancy, and that was very rare at that time.
When the King of Sweden, Magnus Eriksson married Blanche of Namur, he asked his kinswoman, Birgitta to come and be Lady-in Waiting and to teach the young queen the language and customs of her new country. After her years of service at Court, Birgitta and Ulf made the long pilgrimage to Santiago di Compostela.
On the return journey Ulf became dangerously ill in Arras. Birgitta feared for his death and sat all night by his bed praying, and then a bishop appeared to her, promised that Ulf would recover and ‘God had great things for her to do.’ He told her that he was Denis, Patron of France.
Ulf recovered and was able to continue his work as Lagman in the province of Närke until early in the year 1344, when he was very ill so Birgitta took him to the monks at Alvastra where he died and was buried.
Birgitta remained in a little house near the abbey and she spent along hours in prayer by Ulf’s grave. She said that she ‘loved him like my own body.’ She arranged her affairs among her children and various charities and prayed for guidance. She was 41 years old and in the abbey at Alvastra God called her ‘be My Bride and My canal’. He gave her the task of founding new religious order, mainly for women.
He said that the other orders had fallen into decay and this new order would be a vineyard whose wine would revivify the Church. He showed her how her abbey church was to be built, gave directions concerning the clothing and prayers of the nuns, 60 in all, who needed priests as chaplains, 13 priests, 4 deacons and 8 lay brothers.
These two communities were to be ruled by an abbess, who was to represent the Blessed Virgin Mary together with the Apostles in the Upper Room in Jerusalem.
Saint Bridget prayed for a long time to know how many blows Jesus Christ suffered during His terrible Passion. Rewarding her patience, one day He appeared to her and said, “I received 5480 blows upon My Body.
If you wish to honor them in some way, recite fifteen Our Fathers and fifteen Hail Marys with the following Prayers, which I Myself shall teach you, for an entire year. When the year is finished, you will have honored each of My Wounds.”
The prayers became known as the “Fifteen O’s”, because in the original Latin, each prayer began with the words O Jesu, O Rex, or O Domine Jesu Christe.
Saint Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden always said the she carried a message from a very High Lord. Although she had longed to become a nun, she never even saw the monastery in Vadstena.
In fact, nothing she set out to do was ever realised. She never had the pope return to Rome permanently, she never managed to make peace between France and England, she never saw any nun in the habit that Christ had shown her, and she never returned to Sweden but died, worn out old lady far from home in July 1373.
She can be called the Patroness of Failures. In this she was like her Lord. He was also classed as failure as He hung on the Cross. Birgitta was a successful failure as she was canonized in 1391.
Today’s Catholic Quote:
Saw visions concerning the reform of the Church, messages to kings and popes and many other persons in high places, directing them to work for the Church