Your Charioteer Should Always Be a Priest

At the end of the day everybody went apart out of the assembly for hospitality. There was a good man living on the bank of the river called Seir. He sent his slave to the assembly to call Brigit, saying to his household: “The holy maiden who performed the wonderful miracle in the assembly-place today, I want her to consecrate my house tonight.” He welcomed her. “Let water be put on our hands”, said her maidens to Brigit, “here is our food.” “It is of no use now”, said Brigit. “For the Lord has shown me that this is a heathen home, with the one exception only of the slave who summoned us. On that account I shall not eat now.” The good man finds this out, namely that Brigit was fasting until he should be baptized. “I have said indeed”, said he, “that Patrick and his household would not baptize me. For your sake, however, I will believe”, [said he] to Brigit. “I do not mind provided that you be baptized”, said Brigit. “There is not a man in orders with me. Let someone go from us to Patrick, so that a bishop or priest may come to baptize this man.” Brón came and baptized the man with all his household at sunrise. They eat at midday. They return thanks. They come to holy Patrick. Patrick said: “You should not go about without a priest. Your charioteer should always be a priest.” And that was observed by Brigit’s abbesses up to recent times.

– Anonymous Life of St. Brigid, Bethu Brigte, Chapter XLI.

Published by Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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