Saturday, April 23, 2005

A CELTIC PRAYER

This is an adaptation of a Celtic prayer that I found in the book KNITTING INTO THE MYSTERY.

May the blessing of light be on you,
light without and light within
and light inside the darkness within.
May the blessed sunlight shine upon you
and warm your heart 'til it glows,
like a great peat fire, so that strangers may come
and warm themselves; and that friends may come.
And may the light shine out of the eyes of you,
like a candle set in the windows of a house,
bidding the wanderer to come in out of the storm.
And may the blessing of the rain be on you--
The soft, sweet rain.
May it fall upon your spirit so that the seedlings of light
in you shadow may spring up,
and shed their sweetness on the air.
And may the blessing of the great rains be on you,
that they beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there many a shining pool,
and sometimes a star.
And may the blessing for the earth be on you--
the great round earth
who carries all; the great round earth
whose suffering has already become radiant.
May you ever have a kindly greeting for people
you pass as you are going along the roads.
And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly,
your kin and all creatures.

Blessed be


4 comments:

sistercdr said...

That is just so beautiful.  I passed my favorite bookstore today and  thought about seeing if they had that or ordering it.

hestiahomeschool said...

Oh, that is so beautiful. I will have to copy it for our next reenactment next weekend. We are in a Scottish reenactment group. :-)

oceanmrc said...

This is just beautiful.  I have a little book called Celtic Benedcition (Of course we need a slightly different one today:  May the blessing of damp and heavy snow and dark and gray skies be upon you.) <G>

schoolgal040 said...

Hello-
Oh Jackie, this is the same one you sent to me. I just cried when you put this on your journal and even read it outloud to my husband.

It's beautiful,
Gayla
http://journals.aol.com/schoolgal040/SoMuchMore