“May the blessing of God and the Trinity be on this cross and where it sits, and on everyone who looks at it,” is a customary blessing for St. Brigid Cross.
About the Brigid’s Cross
Brigid’s cross, like the shamrock and the harp, is a wonderful Irish symbol that may be traced back to Celtic folklore. The cross is weaved from left to right, following the position of the sun, on January 31st, the eve of St. Brigid’s day. It features a layered square in the middle and four arms extending out from it, each knotted at the ends.
Dear St. Brigid, brilliant star of sanctity in the early days of our Irish faith and love for the omnipotent God Who has never forsaken us, we look up to you now in earnest, hopeful prayer. By your glorious sacrifice of earthly riches, joys and affections obtain for us grace to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice” with constant trust in His fatherly care. By your life of laborious charity to the poor, the sick, the many seekers for light and comfort, obtain for us grace to be God’s helpers to the utmost of our power during our stay on earth, looking forward, as you did, to our life with Him during eternity. By the sanctified peace of your death-bed, obtain for us that we may receive the fullness of pardon and peace when the hour comes that will summon us to the judgment seat of our just and most merciful Lord. Amen.
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Celtic symbols have been rooted in ancient Celtic folklore derived from their love of agriculture and symbolism. The Celtic culture covers a large area Europe known as the Celtic Nations that have Celtic cultural customs until this day. The Celtic Nations include England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the north pf France. The Celtic tribes lived in small rural groups or clans that were dependent on the weather and the seasons for a fertile harvest to survive the winter. Natural phenomenon, life cycles like birth and death as well as natural elements such as the sun or thunder is what helped shape the deities and the Celtic symbols and their meaning and their use in daily life. The Celtics felt a deep connection to nature and their Celtic symbols reflect that strong tie to the Earth and their Celtic symbols and meaning.
The Celtic Couples Knot is a symbol of eternal and everlasting love between two people. Our Celtic Couples Knot Jewelry Collection pledges your eternal love with this woven Celtic knot. Like true love Celtic knots have not ending. The Celtic Couples Knot Jewelry Collection is the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.
Irish Wit and Wisdom and The Strength of Friendship…
There has been a very long standing Irish tradition and understanding of the beautiful power and strength of friendship. The bonds of a Celtic friendship are a very spiritual connection that emphasizes the mutual importance of truth and trust between two friends.
Our Celtic Friendship Knot Jewelry is a magnificent example of the spirit of true friendship. With intertwined endless lines, the Celtic Friendship Knot design represents the enduring bond between kindred souls. For true friendship knows no barriers and no end. A spiritual bond forever growing separately but never apart.
Any Celtic Friendship Knot is said to harbor the essence of friendship simply due to their implied symbolic meanings: Unity, union, partnering, joining, eternity, unbreakable, strength, and a host of like attributes.
Symbol for Strength
What’s the Celtic symbol for strength and courage? The Dara Knot is the most notable symbols for strength and courage. The Dara Knot is an intricate type of knot that resembles a tree. The Irish word ‘doire’ means ‘oak tree’, and the knot shows both the tree and the root system. Trees were very significant in Celtic life and oaks were considered especially sacred. It represents wisdom, strength, power, and leadership. The Dara Celtic knot is available in a variety of ways but is generally meant to symbolize the root system of the oak tree. It is a modern creation that many view as a more complex and ornate version of the quaternary knot.
Mother’sDay is celebrated every year in the United States on the second Sunday of May. Mothers Day is an international holiday celebrating motherhood. It is the time to appreciate and honor all mothers and mother figures. Family members including their children and grandchildren give Mothers Day gifts, like motherhood jewelry, cards, flowers, candy. The day is often spent dining with family at a restaurant.
It is special occasions like Mothers Day that make gifts such as the Mothers Claddagh even more meaningful and treasured. The Mothers Claddagh jewelry collection represents the eternal bond of friendship, love and loyalty shared between a mother and her child. A mother’s love is immeasurable. She has great dreams for her children and she patiently stands by as she watches them chase them. She is there to see them soar and she catches them when they fall. She might not always be perfect but in the end she will always be there. She is a devoted mother.
The definition of Family is – “the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; also : any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family.” according to the Merrian Webster Dictionary.
Mother’sDay is right around the corner! But this Mother’sDay feels different, special and her Mothers Day Gift should be special, too. Whether you’re celebrating yourself, gifting to that special mom or mother figures in your life finding truly one-of-a-kind item can make all the difference. Your mother is your best friend and certainly your biggest fan always. Show her, and all the important women in your life, you love just how much you care with the perfect Gift for Mother’sDay. Whether you are shopping for your wife, mother, grandmother, stepmom, aunt, sister, or another beautiful strong woman in your life, the Celtic Mothers Knot Jewelry Collection is a great Mothers Day gifts to give mom.
Our Diamond Celtic Mother’s Knot Ring is a brilliant gift for any Irish mom or mother to be. “Grá Máthair” translated from Gaelic means “A mother’s love”. Is there any love greater then that of a mother and her children? She certainly deserves the best especially a Celtic Mother’s Knot Diamond Ring in sterling silver with approximately 1/8 carat in diamonds.
Celtic Mothers Knot Cross Pendant
There is an old Irish saying that says “A mother holds her children’s hands for a little while and their hearts forever.” This Celtic Mothers Knot Cross Necklace is the perfect Celtic cross for any Celtic or Irish mother.
Awwww Mother’sDay, a wonderful day of celebration honoring the mother or matriarch of the family. It also celebrates the beauty of motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in our lives today. Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days around the world. It is most commonly in the spring months of March or May around Easter time. Mother’s Day is a great celebration similar to the celebrations honoring family members, such as Father’s Day, SiblingsDay, and GrandparentsDay. It is a celebration of motherhood that shows its appreciation of all the hard work mothers and mother figures do for their families.
So when is Mothers Day exactly?
Mothers Day is a great holiday in honor of mothers celebrated in many countries throughout the world. The modern form of the holiday and the way in which it is celebrated originated in the United Sates. However, the date of Mother’s Day varies around the world. Anna Jarvis a resident of Philadelphia, whose mother was an activist who had organized various women’s organization to promote friendship and health, originated Mother’s Day. In 1907 she held a memorial service for her mother at her church, in West Virginia. Shortly there after within a few years virtually every state in the United States was observing the day as Mothers Day. The day honoring mothers became so popular that by 1914 U.S. Pres. Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday forever dedicating a day in the US to celebrate and honor mothers.
When in Mother’s Day in the US?
In the United States, Mother’s Day is always celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May.
When is Mother’s Day in the UK?
In the UK, mothers are honored in spring on the fourth Sunday of Lent, right before Easter Sunday. The Custom developed in the Middle Ages as a way to allow those who had moved away to visit their home parishes and mothers on Laetare Sunday, or the fourth Sunday of Lent. This is how the holiday became known as Mothering Sunday in Britain,and in modern times is refereed to as Mother’s Day.
When is Mother’s Day in Ireland?
In Ireland, like in the United Kingdom, Mothering Sunday (Mother’sDay) as it is lovingly refereed, it is held on the fourth Sunday in Lent. It is usually in March or at the beginning of April, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. Mother’s Day 2021 in the US is almost her so show her how much you care.
Mother’sDay celebrates motherhood and is a day to make an extra-special effort to recognize and appreciate mothers’ roles in our lives with a special Mother’s Day Gift. Often this day is extended to multi generations of mothers including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers—as well as tomother figures who are also given Mothers Day Gifts.
The Claddagh Mom Ring is a beautiful tribute for any mother. This new modern twist on a traditional claddagh ring creating the word “Mom” takes Irish claddagh rings to a new level of great design. The claddagh mom ring is a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty between a mother and her child. The Mom Claddagh Ring is exclusive to The Irish Jewelry Company.
Give Mom a gift she will truly treasure especially your Irish mom. This brilliant stylized oval Mom pendant with filigree shamrocks is a lovely tribute to mom’s Irish heritage. The shamrock is a 3-leaf clover and is the symbol of Ireland. The shamrock forms a triad and the Celts believed three was a mystical number. In Ireland shamrocks are traditionally for good luck. Tell her how “Lucky” you are to have her for a mom! The Irish Mom Pendant is exclusive to The Irish Jewelry Company.
“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
The Luckenbooth is traditionally a Scottish love token. The Luckenbooth brooch design is an ancient symbol of Scotland, and a traditional token of betrothal as a symbol of affection, friendship and fidelity given as a loving gift for the past four hundred years.
Scotland a land of exquisite highland beauty and now synonymous with the popular TV series Outlander and its leading main heartthrob Jamie. During season 5 of Outlander Jocasta, Murtagh’s lover can be seen wearing a beautiful luckenbooth worn on a cord given to her by Murtagh as she and Jamie lament over his passing. The luckenbooth brooch is as traditional to Scotland as are kilt pins are to kilts dating back to the 17th century.
History of the Luckenbooth..
The earliest luckenbooth brooches are on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The first brooches were remarkably simple hearts usually inscribed with romantic sayings such as “Wrong not the heart whose joy thou art” or “My heart you have and yours I crave”. They were mostly made of silver and given to a sweetheart or as a betrothal gift. It was known as a witch-brooch and used to save children from the evil eye as a talisman of protection for new parents to ward off witches and pinned to the newborn’s clothes. Nursing mothers also wore them as a magical charm to help their milk flow.
The Luckenbooth brooch or Scottish Love Brooch is a heart-shaped brooch, either a single or double intertwined heart with a crown. Historians believe the original design was created as a betrothal brooch for Mary Queen of Scots from the teenage Dauphin of France, whom she married in 1558, hence the two hearts and the crown.
Origins of the Luckenbooth name…
These Luckenbooth brooches often have a crown above one heart, or two intertwined hearts. They are typically made of silver since it was affordable, easy to work with and may be engraved or set with stones. The name comes from the Luckenbooths or “locked booths” of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, where jewelry and trinkets used to be sold, including this type of brooch.
Saint Patrick’s Day is the time-honored Irish holiday always celebrated on March 17th.
The luck of the Irish is always celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day that has become a global celebration of Irish culture usually celebrated with parades and pub gatherings. On St. Patrick’s Day many people of Irish decent flaunt there best Irish jewelry proudly. Adding a beautiful piece of Irish jewelry, like a claddagh ring, emerald green shamrock earrings or Harp Brooch to your St. Patrick’s Day look adds the perfect festive finishing touch. Luckily, there’s still time to get your perfect Irish gift a piece of St. Patrick’s Day jewelry in time for March 17th. Your local St. Patrick’s Day parade might be canceled in 2021 but your Irish spirit has not been. So treat yourself to a special piece of Irish jewelry to lift your spirits or give an Irish gift of jewelry, a unique present for a special someone who can use a little Irish luck.
The Claddagh Ring Means Friendship, Love and Loyalty
The Claddagh Ring, arguably the most versatile piece of Irish jewelry is world renowned, and are worn by both men and women, single or taken. Irish Claddagh rings are named for the ancient fishing village of Claddagh, near Galway, Ireland, dating back to the 17th century. The Claddagh ring in Irish is fáinne Chladaigh and is a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty, and friendship. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty. The Irish Claddagh ring, as currently known, was first produced in the 17th century.
The Shamrock, the symbol of Ireland.
The majestic shamrock was chosen as the national symbol of Ireland because Saint Patrick used the 3 leafed clover to teach the Holy Trinity to the pagan Celts. The Celts understood the significance of the shamrock forming a triad because they believed three was a mystical number. The Trinity is the idea that God is really three-in-one: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. The word shamrock can be traced back to the Irish word seamróg or seamair óg, meaning “little clover”. The tradition of wearing a Shamrock on Saint Patrick’s Day can be traced back to the early 1700s. The Irish have long considered shamrocks as good-luck symbols and today people of many other nationalities also believe they bring good luck. Shamrock jewelry has gained in popularity in recent times. In Ireland shamrocks and shamrock jewelry are traditionally worn at weddings for good luck. Often tucked in a bouquet or used as filler with a boutonniere. Today lucky Irish shamrock jewelry is available in a wide select of shamrock earrings, shamrock brooch, shamrock necklaces and shamrock rings.
What is the Irish Harp?
The Irish harp is a political symbol of Ireland. for centuries. The exact origin of the Irish Harp is really known. The Irish Harp is a symbol of Ireland and Irish pride. The Irish harp became an emblem of resistance to the Crown and England. The Irish harp, although not as renowned as the shamrock is the official emblem of Ireland. The Irish harp status as the official insignia of Ireland dates centuries and the elegant instrument’s history talks much about the history of the Emerald Isle. Our elegant Irish Harp Brooch and Irish Harp Necklace accented by brilliant gold shamrocks is a noteworthy piece of Irish jewelry.
The Meaning of the Irish Shamrock, the symbol of Ireland. The word shamrock comes from the Old Irish “seamróg”, which can be translated as “little clover”. The Irish word for clover is “seamair”, and óg means “young” or “little”.
What is the difference between a shamrock and a clover?
The shamrock and the clover plants are often confused. Shamrocks are in fact a species of the clover plant.The shamrock is most common 3-leaf clover native to the beautiful Emerald Isle. A clover must have three leaves to be considered a shamrock. If the clover has more or less, then it is not a shamrock.
Why is the shamrock a symbol of Ireland?
The majestic shamrock that adorn Irish jewelry today was chosen as the national symbol of Ireland because Saint Patrick used the 3 leafed clover to teach the Holy Trinity to the pagan Celts. The Celts understood the significance of the shamrock forming a triad because they believed three was a mystical number. The Trinity is the idea that God is really three-in-one: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. The word shamrock can be traced back to the Irish word seamróg or seamair óg, meaning “little clover”. The tradition of wearing a Shamrock on Saint Patrick’s Day can be traced back to the early 1700s. The Irish have long considered shamrocks as good-luck symbols and today people of many other nationalities also believe they bring good luck. Shamrock jewelry has gained in popularity in recent times. In Ireland shamrocks and shamrock jewelry are traditionally worn at weddings for good luck. Often tucked in a bouquet or used as filler with a boutineer.
What is the meaning of a 4 Leaf Clover?
According to Irish lore, each leaf represents: Love, Respect, Wealth, and Health. To find a four-leaf clover is a rare thing making it very lucky to find.
Shamrock Necklaces Popularized in Irish Jewelry
Shamrock necklaces, inspired by Ireland’s national symbol. Get the Luck of the Irish with a traditional shamrock pendant! The shamrock is believed to bring good luck and not just to the Irish. In Ireland shamrocks are traditionally worn at weddings for good luck. Brides sometimes pin a shamrock charm to their bouquet.
About us: The Irish Jewelry Company was founded by award-winning designer Jennifer Derrig. The Irish Jewelry Company collection offers classic and contemporary Irish Jewelry including Claddagh rings, all handcrafted.
As that old saying goes “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day“. Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular Irish holidays celebrated world wide by the Irish and non Irish a like. Saint Patrick’s Day is actually the Feast day of Ireland’s patron saint known as Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, also widely known as “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”). St. Patrick’s Day for the Irish is a popular cultural celebration as well as a religious celebration held on 17 March. The feast day of St. Patrick is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). Saint Patrick is the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Who was Saint Patrick?
Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary and is regarded as the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick lived from AD 373–493, and ministered mostly in Northern Ireland from AD 433 until his death. Irish legend credits Patrick with banishing snakes from the island of Ireland although Ireland never actually had snakes. Let’s just chalk that up to some poetic license. It has however been suggested that snakes referred to the serpent symbolism of the pagans also called the Druids. Saint Patrick is also credited with teaching the Irish about the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock and a three-leaved clover. Legend also says St. Patrick, while preaching Christianity, drew a cross through a Celtic circle symbolic of the moon Goddess. Hence the Celtic cross was born. Today the circle of the cross is viewed as a of God’s endless love.
New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Irish-American immigrants brought Saint Patrick’s Day to the United States. The first civic and public celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day took place in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737. The first celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day in New York City was held at the Crown and Thistle Tavern in 1756. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated by Irish and non-Irish alike. Regardless of ethnic background, everyone wears green-colored clothing and items. Traditionally, those who are caught not wearing green are pinched. The NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade has become the largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade in the world, outside Ireland. In 2006 more than 150,000 marchers participated in it, including Irish bands, Irish firefighters, Irish military and Irish police groups, county associations, Irish emigrant societies, Emerald Societies, and social and Irish cultural clubs, and it was watched by close to two million spectators lining the streets.
Why do we wear green on St Patrick’s Day?
Old Irish folklore says that wearing green makes one invisible to mischievous creatures like leprechauns, fairies who pinch those not wearing the green. As a matter of superstition people began pinching anyone not wear green as a reminder that leprechauns were lurking about.
The origin of the “wearing of the green” dress code for St Patrick’s Day dates can be dated to the 1798 Irish Rebellion, the major uprising against the British in Ireland. It was during this rebellion when the shamrock, a three leaf clover became a symbol of Irish nationalism.