St. Bridget of Sweden CD by Martina Keany (Also Birgitta)


Figure 1St Bridget of Sweden CD

The most celebrated saint of the Northern kingdoms, born about 1303; died 23 July,

Early life

She was the daughter of Birger Persson, governor and

provincial judge (Lagman) of Uppland, and of Ingeborg

Bengtsdotter. Her father was one of the wealthiest

landholders of the country, and, like her mother,

distinguished by deep piety. St. Ingrid, whose death had

occurred about twenty years before Bridget’s birth, was

a near relative of the family. Birger’s daughter received

a careful religious training, and from her seventh year

showed signs of extraordinary religious impressions

and illuminations. To her education, and particularly to

the influence of an aunt who took the place of Bridget’s

mother after the latter’s death (c. 1315), she owed that

unswerving strength of will which later distinguished her.

Marri age

In 1316 she was united in marriage to Ulf Gudmarsson,

who was then eighteen. She acquired great influence over

her noble and pious husband, and the happy marriage was

blessed with eight children, among them St. Catherine of

Sweden. The saintly life and the great charity of Bridget

soon made her name known far and wide. She was

acquainted with several learned and pious theologians,

among them Nicolaus Hermanni, later Bishop of Linköping,

Matthias, canon of Linköping, her confessor, Peter, Prior of

Alvastrâ, and Peter Magister, her confessor after Matthias.

She was later at the court of King Magnus Eriksson,

over whom she gradually acquired great influence. Early

in the forties (1341-43) in company with her husband

she made a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella. On

the return journey her husband was stricken with an

attack of illness, but recovered sufficiently to finish the

journey. Shortly afterwards, however, he died (1344) in

the Cistercian monastery of Alvastrâ in East Gothland.


Bridget now devoted herself entirely to practices of

religion and asceticism, and to religious undertakings. The

visions which she believed herself to have had from her

early childhood now became more frequent and definite.

She believed that Christ Himself appeared to her, and she

wrote down the revelations she then received, which

were in great repute during the Middle Ages. They were

translated into Latin by Matthias Magister and Prior Peter.

St. Bridget now founded a new religious congregation,

the Brigittines, or Order of St. Saviour, whose chief

monastery, at Vadstena, was richly endowed by King

Magnus and his queen (1346). To obtain confirmation

for her institute, and at the same time to seek a larger

sphere of activity for her mission, which was the moral

uplifting of the period, she journeyed to Rome in 1349,

and remained there until her death, except while absent

on pilgrimages, among them one to the Holy Land in 1373.

In August, 1370, Pope Urban V confirmed the Rule of

her congregation. Bridget made earnest representations

to Pope Urban, urging the removal of the Holy See from

Avignon back to Rome. She accomplished the greatest

good in Rome, however, by her pious and charitable life,

and her earnest admonitions to others to adopt a better

life, following out the excellent precedents she had set in

her native land. The year following her death her remains

were conveyed to the monastery at Vadstena. She was

canonized, 7 October, 1391, by Boniface IX.

St Bridget of Sweden CD by Martina Keany

The CD is available to buy online for £9.99

Martina Keany recorded a CD of The Prayers of St Bridget of Sweden, also traditional songs such as Sweet Heart of Jesus, Queen of the May, with songs she wrote herself. The CD plays for over an hour and a half. Martina sang at the celebration which was led by Archbishop Vincent Nicholas at Syon House, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 on 19th July 2015 at the Centenary Celebrations for The Bridgettine or Brigittine Order. The Remains of their convent was found there dating back a few hundred years.


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