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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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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God with Me Lying Down

CelticCapital3God with me lying down,
God with me rising up,
God with me in each ray of light,
Nor I a ray of joy without him,
Nor one ray without him.

Christ with me sleeping,
Christ with me waking,
Christ with me watching,
Every day and night,
Each day and night.

God with me protecting,
The Lord with me directing,
The Spirit with me strengthening,
Forever and forevermore,
Ever and evermore, Amen.
Chief of chiefs, Amen.

Source: Mary Macrae, Isle of Harris (1866), Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 5

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 4

 

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St. Patrick’s Creed

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Our God, God of all people,
God of heaven and earth, sea and rivers,
God of sun and moon, of all stars,
God of highest mountain, of deepest valleys,
God over heaven and in heaven and under heaven.

He has his dwelling
in heaven and earth and sea
and all that is in them.

He inspires all,
he gives life to all,
he surpasses all,
he upholds all.

He ignites the light of the sun.
He surrounds the stars and tells them to shine.
He makes fountains in dry lands,
and dry islands in the sea,
and stars to serve the greater lights.

He has a Son,
coeternal with him and like him.
The Son is not younger than the Father,
neither is the Father older than the Son.

And the Holy Spirit breathes in them.
Not separate are the Father and Son and Holy Spirit.

Source: St. Patrick, fifth century, in The Tripartite Life of Patrick, 1887, p. 315-316
Translated for Prayers of the Ancient Celtic Church

Included in Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church, © 2018, Paul C. Stratman

 

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Graphic: Saint Patrick stained glass window from Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA, from Wikimedia Commons

St. Patrick’s Creed (from ‘The Confession of St. Patrick’)

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There is no other God,
and there never was another,
nor will there be any after him
except God the Father, without beginning.
From him is all beginning.
He upholds all things.
And his Son Jesus Christ
whom together with the Father
we testify to have always existed.
Before the beginning of the world
he was spiritually present with the Father.
Begotten in an indescribable manner before all beginning.
By him all things visible and invisible were made.
He was made man,
and having overcome death
was received into heaven to the Father:
And the Father has bestowed on him
the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord and God.
In him we believe,
and we await his coming
who before long shall judge the quick and dead.
He will render to everyone according to his deeds,
and has poured out abundantly on us
the gift of the Holy Spirit,
even the pledge of immortality,
who makes those that believe and obey
to be the sons of God the Father
and joint-heirs with Christ.
Him we confess and adore —
one God in the Trinity of the sacred name.

Source: St. Patrick, fifth century, from The Confession of St. Patrick
The Confession of Patrick, Tr. Olden,
1853, p. 44-46

Included in Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church, © 2018, Paul C. Stratman

 

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Graphic: Saint Patrick stained glass window from Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA, from Wikimedia Commons

Creator, Watch over Us

Creator of the universe, watch over us
and keep us in the light of your presence.
May our praise continually blend
with that of all creation,
until we come together to the eternal joys
which you promise in your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Celtic prayer

Source of this version: http://www.pettchapel.org.uk/Extras/Prayers/Prayers_of_Praise.htm

Variant:

Creator of the universe, watch over us
and keep us in the light of your presence.
Let our praise continually blend
with that of all creation,
and bring us, with all for whom we pray,
to the eternal joys
which you promise in your love;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Source of this version: http://www.revjones.fsnet.co.uk/prayers/prayers.html

 

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