A Traditional Spiritualist Church
How the name for the Church came to be...
by Rev. Richard Lanigan
One month before I opened St. Brigid’s Spiritualist Church, I still had no name for it. I had looked up all the Celtic names I could find and none seemed to fit. Over the next two weeks as I sat in a mediumship development circle, my grandmother, also known as Nana Lanigan, came to me twice. She just smiled at me and I got the feeling that she knew something that I did not. Following my Nana Lanigan’s visits, I developed a strong urge to know her name. I could not remember it until I went to a young woman’s home to do some work. She gave me a warm welcome as she answered her door, “Hi, you must be Richard. My name is Brigid.” Immediately I remembered that Brigid was my grandmother’s name!
When I arrived home later that day, my friend Ellie called to ask if I had decided on a name. I told her that I had not and she responded by asking if I had thought of using the name of one of the patron saints of Ireland, St. Brigid. When I related my recent experiences, Ellie’s response was, “that is too cool Richard, and as we know, there is no such thing as coincidence.” She pointed out that I was being given the name from Spirit. I agreed and that is how the name came to be.
St. Brigid is the patron saint of poets, storytellers, and healers. She was also a spiritual medium, although she was not called that in those days. She is one of two patron saints of Ireland, and the only native saint (as St. Patrick was born in Roman Britan). Her feast day is celebrated on February 1st, also known as Imbolc, the ceremonial first day of spring. St. Brigid id connected to the renewal of the earth, the promise of abundance, the hope of new growth, and the eternal cycle of new life.
The Story of the St. Brigid’s Cross
Brigid Lanigan was born in the year 453 in County Louth Ireland. Her father was a Chieftan and her mother was a maid. Even as a young child it was already apparent that Brigid had a calling, as she showed a special love for the poor. She kept a secret store of clothes and food for them, and on one occasion, she gave away a jewel encrusted sword that belonged to her father.
She was a woman of wisdom and common sense. Her leadership and organizational skills were widely recognized. She established the first Christian convent and went on to build many more convents and schools throughout Ireland. Brigid became renowned for her hospitality and care she gave to the sick and poor.
One day, as she was caring for and giving counsel to a dying man, she sat on the floor of his small house. There she started playing with the straw that covered the dirt floor and created the design for what we now call the St. Brigid’s Cross.
St. Brigid’s Spiritualist Church was founded in 2003 by Reverend Richard Lanigan and is the only Spiritualist Church in Edmonton affiliated and sanctioned by the Spiritualist Church of Canada. The ministers have been ordained and certified by the Spiritual Church of Canada for their mediumship, spiritual healing, and lectureship.
Our mission is to teach the philosophy and science of Spiritualism, assist in the unfoldment of psychic potential, and practice communication with Spirit.
We have weekly Sunday Service at 10:30 am. Our church is open to everyone.
We have a monthly event called Evening with Spirit which demonstrates communication with Spirit. Our mediums connect to your loved ones, who now live in the spirit world, and deliver messages from Spirit to you. This event takes place on the last Saturday of every month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
We also hold development classes for those who want to pursue and expand psychic and mediumship abilities.
We believe that the Great Spirit of Life is within everything, always has been, and always will be. We believe that this can be demonstrated through communication with those who live in the spiritual worlds by the way of mediumship. We abide by the following words of Maurice Barbenell's spirit guide, Silver Birch: "Our allegiance is not to a creed, not to a book, not to a church but to the Great Spirit of Life and to his eternal natural laws."
Thank you for sharing your spiritual journey with us.
May your path always be lit by the light.