Our double medal depicts two Irish saints. Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland is on one side and Saint Brigid of Kildare is on the other side.
Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary and is regarded as the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick lived from AD 373-493, and ministered in northern Ireland from AD 433 until his death. Pious legend credits Patrick with banishing snakes from the island, though post-glacial Ireland never actually had snakes. It is suggestion is that snakes referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids. Saint Patrick is also credited with teaching the Irish about the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a 3-leaved clover. Legend also says St. Patrick, while preaching Christianity he 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.
St. Bridget was born the daughter of a powerful Irish Chieftain. St. Bridget or also spelled Brigid became a nun completely devoted to relieving the misery and hardship of the poor. The traditional woven cross is said to have originated during a visit St. Bridget made to a dying Chieftain in which she wove it from rushes on the floor to show the significance of Christian faith. The woven rush cross has become synonymous with St. Bridgid. Saint Brigid of Kildare is the patron Saint of Ireland, new born babies and of children with unmarried parents.
1″ high and about 3/4″ across. Finely detailed. oxidized silver, imported from Italy