St. Brigid's Cross

St. Brigid’s Cross is not simply a religious symbol but rather an enduring reminder of Irish social memory and strength. The turbulent events and persecution that affected Catholic people in the west of Ireland demanded familial union, spiritual strength, and a maintenance of tradition. Family unification, church attendance, and celebratory tradition are a critical part of my family's livelihood, and St. Brigid's Cross brings to mind the importance of maintaining these qualities. Historically, St. Brigid’s Cross has served its bearers as a beacon of protection and spiritual stability, and its significance is carried forward generationally. Today, the cross reminds it bearers of the sacrifices made for their lives in America, placing their role in the American landscape into global and historical perspective. 

– Anna Enger

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