Blessing of House

God bless the house,CelticCapital
From site to stay,
From beam to wall,
From end to end,
From ridge to basement,
From balk to roof beam,
From found to summit,
Found and summit.

Source: Unknown, Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 105. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p.104

 

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Evening Blessing

Place your right hand, O God, under my head,CelticCapital12
place your light, O Spirit, over me shining,
and let the cross of the good Savior cover me now,
from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet,
from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet.

O Jesu without offence, crucified cruelly,
under ban of the wicked you were scourged,
for many evils done by me in the body,
that I cannot this night enumerate,
that I cannot this night enumerate.

O good King of the blood of truth,
cast me not from your covenant,
exact not from me for my transgressions,
nor omit me in your numbering,
nor omit me in your numbering.

Place the cross of Jesu over me in peace,
let my soul dwell in  the truth, let my heart be free of guile,
let my soul be in peace with you, Brightness of the mountains,
valiant Savior, accompany my soul,
morn and eve, day and night. May it be so.

Source: Unknown, Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 67. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 66

Several lines of this prayer were altered to keep the prayer Christ-centered.

 

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God Guide Me

God guide me with your wisdom,CelticCapital11
God discipline me with your justice,
God help me with your mercy,
God protect me with your strength.

God fill me with your fullness,
God shield me with your shade,
God fill me with your grace,
for the sake of your Anointed Son.

Jesu Christ, the Son of David,
visiting Boy in the Temple,
sacrificial Lamb in the Garden,
who died for me.

Source: Unknown, Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 65. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 64

 

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Desires

May I speak each day according to your justice,CelticCapital10
each day may I show your discipline, O God,
may I speak each day according to your wisdom,
each day and night may I be at peace with you.

Each day may I count the causes of your mercy,
may I each day give heed to your Word,
each day may I compose to you a song,
may I harp each day your praise, O God.

May I each day give love to you, Jesu,
each night may I do the same,
each day and night, dark and light,
may I laud your goodness to me, O God.

Source: Unknown Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 51. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 50

Prayer for Protection

As you are the Shepherd over the flockCelticCapital9
tend us to the shelter and the fold,
bless us beneath your own glorious mantle,
be our Shield of protection, and guard us forever.

Be a hard triumphant sword
to shield us securely from wicked hell,
from the fiends and from the cold, sharp daggers,
and from the lurid smoke of the abyss.

My soul is in the trust of the High King,
the Good Shepherd is in charge of my soul.

Source: Kenneth the Carpenter, written down by Dr. Donald Munro Morrison, (1889)  Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I,  p. 37. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 36

“from the fiends and from the cold, sharp daggers,” in Carmina’s translation is “From the fiends and from the steive snell gullies.” In Scots Gaelic “fheadaine frinne fuara.” Google translate gives “cold” for “fuara.”  Other Scots English dictionaries gave “piercing” for “snell,” and  “knife” for “gullie.” 

“The Good Shepherd is in charge of my soul,” this line was altered to keep the prayer Christ-centered.

 

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A Prayer for Grace

I am bending my kneeCelticCapital8
in the eye of the Father who created me,
in the eye of the Son who died for me,
in the eye of the Spirit who cleansed me,
in love and desire.

Pour down on us from heaven
the rich blessing of your forgiveness;
You who are highest in the heavenly city,
be patient with us.

Grant to us, Savior of glory,
the fear of God, the love of God, and his affection,
and the will of God to do on earth at all times
as angels and saints do in heaven.
Each day and night give us your peace.
Each day and night give us your peace.

 

Source: Kenneth the Carpenter, written down by Dr. Donald Munro Morrison, (1889)  Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I,  p.35. English translation modified.

Graphic is from  Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I,  p. 34

The Guiding Light of Eternity

CelticCapital7O God, you brought me from the rest of last night
to the joyous light of this your day.
Bring me from the new light of this your day
to the guiding light of eternity.
Oh! from the new light of this your day
to the guiding light of eternity.

Source: Kenneth the Carpenter, written down by Dr. Donald Munro Morrison, (1889) Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p.33. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 32

 

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Bless O King of Generous Kings

Bless,CelticCapital6 O King of generous kings,
myself and everything near me,
bless me in all my actions,
make me safe for ever,
make me safe for ever.

From every brownie and banshee,
from every evil wish and sorrow,
from every nymph and water-spirit,
from every fairy-mouse and grass-mouse,
from every fairy-mouse and grass-mouse.

From every troll among the hills,
from every siren hard pressing me,
from every ghoul within the glens,
Oh! save me till the end of my day,
Oh! save me till the end of my day.

Source: Kenneth the Carpenter, written down by Dr. Donald Munro Morrison, (1889) Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 31. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 30

Note: “Bless O King of generous kings,”in the original is “Bless, O Chief of generous chiefs.”

 

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A Prayer

O God,CelticCapital5
in my deeds,
in my words,
in my wishes,
in my reason,
and in the fulfilling of my desires,
in my sleep,
in my dreams,
in my repose,
in my thoughts,
in my heart and soul always,
may the promised Branch of glory dwell.
Oh! in my heart and soul always,
may the fragrant Branch of glory dwell.

Source: Kenneth the Carpenter, written down by Dr. Donald Munro Morrison, (1889) Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 27. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 26

Note: The closing lines, “May the promised Branch of glory…” were altered so that the prayer is Christ-centered with the emphasis on “the promised Branch of glory,” a reference to Isaiah 4:2 and Isaiah 11:1.

 

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Holy Father of Glory

Thanks to you, Holy Father of glory,CelticCapital4
Father kind, ever loving, ever powerful,
because of all the abundance, favor, and deliverance
that you bestow on us in our need.
Whatever providence befalls us as your children,
in our portion, in our lot, in our path,
seal it to us with the rich gifts of your hand
and the joyous blessing of your mouth.

We are guilty and polluted, O God,
in spirit, in heart, and in flesh,
in thought, in word, in act,
we are hard in sin in your sight.
Put forth to us the power of your love,
leap over the mountains of our transgressions,
and wash us in the true blood of reconciliation,
like the snow of the mountain, like the lily of the lake.

In the steep path of our common calling,
be it easy or uneasy to our flesh,
be it bright or dark for us to follow,
your own perfect guidance be on us.
Be a shield to us from the wiles of the deceiver,
from the arch-destroyer with his arrows pursuing us,
and in each secret thought our minds get to weave,
be yourself on our helm and at our sail.

Though dogs and thieves would raid us from the fold,
be the strong Shepherd of glory near us.
whatever matter or cause or propensity,
that would bring to us grief, or pains, or wounds,
or that would bear witness against us at the last,
on the other side of the great river of dark shadows,
Oh! obscure it from our eyes,
and from our hearts drive it for ever.

Now to the Father who created each creature,
now to the Son who paid ransom for his people,
now to the Holy Spirit, Comforter of might:
shield and bless us from every wound,
be about the beginning and end of our race,
be giving us to sing in glory,
in peace, in rest, in reconciliation,
where we shall shed no tear, where we shall die no more…
where we shall shed no tear, where we shall die no more.

Source: Kenneth the Carpenter, written down by Dr. Donald Munro Morrison, (1889) Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 23, 25. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 22

 

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