Old Irish Blessing

For letter O, a favorite sung by my church choir….

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This traditional Irish blessing is an ancient Celtic prayer. Celtic literature is famed for using images of nature and everyday life to speak of how God interacts with with His people. It alludes to three images from nature – the windsun and rain – as pictures of God’s care and provision. The “wind” can be likened to the Spirit of God, who came as a “mighty wind” at Pentecost.  The suns warmth in the prayer reminds us of the tender mercies of God, “by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven” (Luke 1:78, NIV), whilst the soft falling rain speaks of God’s provision and sustenance. Finally, we are reminded that we are held safe in God’s loving hands as we travel on our journey through life. As such this prayer is a good blessing for wedding ceremonies.

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Old Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.


9 Responses

  1. Calling by for Alphabet Thursday, nice O

  2. Thanks, Laurie. That is a beautiful blessing.

  3. Love that! My sister has it in cross-stitch that was given to her as a wedding present.

  4. Really nice blessing! Like your explanation also.

  5. That’s a lovely blessing!

  6. That is such a beautiful blessing. I love the photo you’ve paired with it.

  7. Lovely capture …. Wonderful words.

  8. so nice. I’ve heard about the wind at your back, an old sailing phrase, I guess! {:-Deb

  9. Hi Laurie – popping in from the Inspire Me Monday blog hop at Create with Joy. With quite a bit of Irish heritage in my family, I appreciate this blessing and prayer. Thanks for sharing! Hope to catch up with you again next week. Stop by and visit me at mamas*little*treasures. Nina @ mamas*little*treasures

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