Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373)
Art by Anonymous
Bridget was the daughter of a prominent and wealthy Swedish family. She married at age 14 and bore eight children, one of whom became St. Catherine of Vadstena. As a wife and mother, Bridget was known for her charity and compassion. After the death of her husband in 1344, she took the veil and founded the Bridgettine order of nuns and monks. As shown above, the Bridgettine sisters wear a headdress called the “Crown of the Five Holy Wounds” with five red stones to symbolize the Five Wounds of Christ on the Cross.
Bridget left Sweden in 1349 to obtain Papal approval for her order. She spent most of the rest of her life in Rome where she became known for her good works. In the last year of her life, she went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Bridget died in 1373 in Rome, she never returned to Sweden.
Bridget is the patron saint of Sweden and one of six patron saints of Europe. Her feast day is July 23.
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
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