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Thursday Prayer

On Thursdays of each week I will be sharing  prayers from various traditions. This is the first installment. I hope it speaks to you.

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A Celtic Prayer

O God, listen to my prayer
Let my earnest petition come to you,
for I know that you are hearing me
As surely as though I saw you with mine eyes.

I am placing a lock upon my heart,
I am placing a lock upon my thoughts,
I am placing a lock upon my lips
And double-knitting them.

Aught that is amiss for my soul
In the pulsing of my death,
May you, O God, sweep it from me
And may you shield me in the blood of your love.

Let no thought come to my heart,
Let no sound come to my ear,
Let no temptation come to my eye,
Let no fragrance come to my nose,
Let no fancy come to my mind,
Let no ruffle come to my spirit,
That is hurtful to my poor body this night,
Nor ill for my soul at the hour of my death;

But may you yourself, O God of life,
Be at my breast, be at my back,
You to me as a star, you to me as a guide,
From my life’s beginning to my life’s closing.

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A Celtic Prayer

 

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I know that I am not ready for what lies ahead.

I have heard what you have asked

and understand what this means.

I realize where this journey will end and

I must be prepared for my own culpability.

Now, as I walk through these days,

I know the excitement I feel will fade to fear.

The fear will become doubt.

May the fears of tonight be vanquished at dawn.

May the doubts of today be the answered questions of tomorrow.

And may my own deeds be forgiven by a mercy

I will never understand.

Amen.

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A Midday Prayer

Angels, bearers of good tiding, awaken me to joy,to divine presence whenever I experience what is good, true, and beautiful.Let me take great joy in recognizing beauty in the eyes of other good people.It is there if I take the time to really see it.


Scripture Reading

Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:

Luke 2:9-10


Silence

Relax and let go for a few minutes and allow your body to feel itself breathing. Let go of the cares of the morning and prepare to face what lies ahead.


Blessing of self: I affirm myself for…


Blessing of the lunch

Bless Lord those that have labored in the fields for this food

Bless those who have provided for me

Bless those who gather

Bless the breaking of the bread

Christ beside me

Christ behind me

Christ around me

Christ at the table


This is a Celtic pattern of midday prayer.

Try it. Blessings

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More Celtic Wisdom

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Every friendship travels at sometime through the black valley of despair. This tests every aspect of your affection. You lose the attraction and the magic. Your sense of each other darkens and your presence is sore. If you can come through this time, it can purify with your love, and falsity and need will fall away. It will bring you onto new ground where affection can grow again.

——John O’Donohue

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Celtic Blessings 2

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I am the wave on the ocean,

I am the murmur of leaves rustling,

I am the rays of the sun,

I am the beam of the moon and stars,

I am the power of trees growing,

I am the bud breaking into blossom,

I am the movement of the salmon swimming,

I am the courage of the wild boar fighting,

I am the speed of the stage running,

I am the strength of the ox pulling the plough,

I am the size of the mighty oak tree,

And I am the thoughts of all people Who praise my beauty and grace.

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I saw a stranger last night.

I put food in the eating place,

Drink in the drinking place,

Music in the listening place,

And in the Name of the Triune God,

He blessed myself and my cattle and my dear ones.

And the lark said in her song,

‘Often, often, often, goes the Christ in the stranger’s guise.’

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Celtic Blessings 1

I have always been fascinated with Celtic spirituality. Today I would like to share a few blessings that I have discovered from various sources. Blessings and good pondering.

 

Bless this house and those within
Bless our giving and receiving
Bless our words and conversation
Bless our hands and recreation
Bless our sowing and our growing
Bless our coming and our going
Bless all who enter and depart
Bless this house, your peace impart

 

May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine upon your window pane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near to you and
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

 

 

May you have –
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire

 

You are the peace of all things calm

You are the place to hide from harm

You are the light that shines in dark

You are the heart’s eternal spark

You are the door that’s open wide

You are the guest who waits inside

You are the stranger at the door

You are the calling of the poor

You are my Lord and with me still

You are my love, keep me from ill

You are the light, the truth, the way

You are my Saviour this very day.

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