St. Bridget: Prayers, yes. Promises, no.
St. Bridget of Sweden lived in the 14th century. She was the mother to eight children, including St. Catherine of Sweden. After the death of her husband, she founded the Order of the Most Holy Savior, also known as the Brigittines. She passed away in 1373 and 18 years later, for her saintly life and great charity, she was canonized by Boniface IX. In 1999, John Paul II made her co-Patroness of Europe.
St. Bridget is most known for her prayers regarding the Passion of Our Lord. These are commonly referred to as the 15 Prayers of St. Bridget. Attached to the Prayers are a set of promises that St. Bridget supposedly received from Christ if prayed each day for a year.
However, it must be noted that, while these prayers on His wounds and sufferings are held in high regard, the promises associated with them have no ecclesiastical standing and have never been accepted as true Revelation from the Church.
Another set of prayers and similar promises are called the Seven Prayers of St. Bridget, which are to be prayed daily for 12 years. They serve remind us of the Seven times Christ spilled his Precious Blood for us. Like the 15 prayers above, these seven Prayers have five promises attached to them, and similarly, the promises have never been officially approved.
What are some of the other Prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden?
Prayer of St. Bridget
We pray thee, O most clement Virgin Mary, Queen of the world and of angels, to obtain relief for those whom the fire of Purgatory tries, pardon for sinners, perseverance in good for the just, and also defend us weak brethren from menacing danger. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord who lives and reigns with The Father. In the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
Novena to St. Bridget
Your life was centered around honoring the wounds of Christ. Intercede before our Wounded Lord and ask Him to forgive the times when we have forgotten Him or through our sins increased His pain. Beseech Jesus in His mercy to bestow upon on us a reverence and devotion to His Sacred Wounds. Let us learn to carry our crosses with love. Please tell Jesus that we love Him and thank Him for the pain and humiliation He endured for our sake. St. Bridget, we humbly ask you to lay our petitions at the foot of the Cross as we know you will be warmly received. Amen.
(Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be for nine days).
O God, who guided Saint Bridget of Sweden along different paths of life and wondrously taught her the wisdom of the Cross as she contemplated the Passion of your Son, grant us, we pray, that, walking worthily in our vocation, we may seek you in all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Remarks of BENEDICT XVI, GENERAL AUDIENCE, Wednesday, October 27, 2010 on St. Bridget of Sweden
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Our catechesis today is on Saint Bridget of Sweden. Born in thirteen hundred and three, she grew up steeped in the faith. She and her husband had eight children, and dedicated themselves with great fervour to the spiritual life and their children’s Christian formation. Bridget was the driving force behind her and her husband’s “conjugal sanctity”, and became a model for many women through the ages of how to be the spiritual centre of the family. Following her husband’s death, Bridget renounced further marriage in order to deepen her union with the Lord, through prayer, penance and works of charity. She gave away her possessions and lived in a monastery. In her prayer, she experienced many intense mystical experiences. In thirteen forty-nine, she made a pilgrimage to Rome, to obtain Papal approval for a religious order of both men and women which she intended to found, and, while in Rome, she lived a life of intense apostolic prayer and activity. Bridget died in thirteen seventy-three, and was canonized eighteen years later. She is a significant reminder of a united Western Christendom, a powerful example of feminine sanctity, and was proclaimed co-Patroness of Europe by the Venerable John Paul the Second, during the Great Jubilee. May her intercession help unite all Christians, and draw the people of Europe to an ever greater appreciation of their unique and invaluable Christian heritage.
St. Bridget was a model mother, wife, and woman who gave herself to Christ. Get to know Bridget through the beautiful prayers attributed to her, rather to the promises that have been associated with her. The tender meditations are both penitential and catechetical, and are sure to help deepen your love and devotion to our Lord’s Passion.