Thursday, March 14, 2013

Irish Heritage

     The Irish are known for many things, among them their gift for wry humor and achingly beautiful poetry. The Irish have also contributed some of the loveliest blessings to the 
canon of poetic liturgy. With St. Patrick's Day fast approaching, I thought I might share 
a gem or two...beginning with a little levity, of course.

If God sends you down a stony path, 
may He give you strong shoes.

Bless those tending cattle
And those minding sheep,
And those fishing the sea,
While the rest of us sleep.

May the frost never afflict your spuds,
May the leaves of your cabbage always be free of worms,
May the crows never find your haystack,
And if you inherit a donkey, may she be in foal.
Source: via Lacey on Pinterest

Cradle Song
Sleep, my babe, lie still and slumber,
All through the night
Guardian angels God will tend thee,
All through the night
Soft and drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and vale in slumber sleeping,
Mother dear her watch is keeping,
All through the night
God is here, you'll not be lonely,
All through the night
'Tis not I who guards thee only,
All through the night
Night's dark shades will soon be over,
Still my watchful care will hover,
God with me His tender watch is keeping,
All through the night

Prayer from St. Patrick's Breastplate
Christ be with me
Christ before me
Christ behind me
Christ in me
Christ beneath me
Christ above me
Christ on my right
Christ on my left
Christ where I lie
Christ where I sit
Christ where I arise
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me
Christ in every eye that sees me
Christ in every ear that hears me
Salvation is of the Lord

And perhaps the best known and loved of all
The Traditional Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you
And may the wind always be at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And rain soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

And here are some landscape treasures from the very lovely Eire to give you pause


  1. Love the photos! So pretty -- have never been, but would like to some day!

  2. Being of Scotch/Irish heritage, I love your blog today! I must learn the lullabye words to sing to Ryan. I remember the tune;just didn't know all the words. I hope to visit Ireland one day soon.

    Susan Hicks


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