“I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I should like the angels of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.”

While that might not exactly sound like a quote from a Catholic nun, it is actually an excerpt from a poem attributed to St. Brigid, one of three patron saints of Ireland who founded several convents in her lifetime and whose feast day is today.

It was also the inspiration for a song written by Catholic musician Kevin Heider.


“I wrote this song during a break in between sessions at a week-long Theology of the Body immersion course in Pennsylvania in October of 2011. Christopher West was the presenter. He was talking about needing to live life with passion. As an example, he mentioned that St. Brigid [of Kildare] had once described heaven as a ‘lake of beer.’ I instantly felt a song coming on…” Heider told CNA.

“(D)uring the break after the session I went back to my room, did a little research on St. Brigid, read her poem/prayer, and wrote the song in a few hours (though a bit more tweaking came over time). So while it’s written in the style of a fun, boot-stomping Irish drinking song, the lyrics actually reference (Theology of the Body) concepts, true mercy, and joy, all inspired by St. Brigid’s hope of heaven: ‘I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings…'”

So raise a glass (preferably of Guinness or some other Irish beverage) to Ireland and St. Brigid, and just try to stop your feet from stomping along as you listen to Heider’s “St. Brigid’s Fire”: