Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The compassing of God and his right hand
Be upon my form and upon my frame;
The compassing of the High King and the grace of the Trinity
Be upon me abiding eternally, Be upon me abiding eternally.
May the compassing of the Three shield me in my means,
The compassing of the Three shield me this day,
The compassing of the Three shield me this night
From hate, from harm, from act, from ill,
From hate, from harm, from act, from ill.
Blessing Of The Three, The Sacred Three My fortress be Encircling me,Come and be round My hearth, my home.Fend Thou my kin And every sleeping thing within From scathe, from sin. Thy care our peace Through mid of night To light's release.
My Fortress The Sacred Three My fortress be Encircling me Come and be round My hearth and my home. Celtic prayer
Thursday, July 24, 2008
an example would be: Lord encirle me keeping out darkness and keeping in light
Choose a person or situation to pray for. Either physically or in your mind circle them. Decide what things to keep witnin and with out.
Lord encirle Mary with a wall of fire keeping out need keeping in provision, keeping out sickness keeping in health, keeping out doubt and keeping in faith. In the Name of the Father Son and Blessed holy spirit. The sacred Three in One.
Another variation could be:
Lord of the eliments encircle our friends at source ministries, keeping in peace and keeping out emnity, keeping in unity and keeping out discord, keeping in protection keeping out danger in the Name of the Sacred Three in One.
One could actually trace a physical circlein the air, by stretching out the right arm and turning clockwise, while praying the prayer.
I find this type of prayer to be particularly helpful. It gives me a templet for praying into certain situations where i might be at a loss for words. It demonsrtates in a tangable way the reality of God’s protection.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Upon leaving Egypt they went to Constantinople. There John Cassian spent time with St. John Chrysostom who ordained him as a decon. Eventually he settled close to Marseilles. After being ordained a priest he founded two monasteries, one for women and one for men.
Cassian wrote "the Institutes", in which he detailed the monastic life, and 'the Conferences", which provide details of conversations with the Desert Fathers. He also warned against some of the excesses in Augustine of Hippo's theology without attacking him personally. His writings were recommended by St. Benidict for the training of new monks.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Spare Us the Fall
May the roof above
never fall in,
May we belown
never fall out.
—An Irish grace quoted in Favourite Prayers
There is a mother's heart in the heart of God.
And 'tis his delight to break the bread of love and truth for his children.
a Hebridean mother's prayer
Big Sea, Little Boat
Dear God, be good to me;
The sea is so wide,
And my boat is so small.
Celtic Blessings and Prayers, edited by Brendan O'Malley
Thursday, July 17, 2008
THIS NIGHT I BE LYING DOWN
This night i be lying down with God,
And God be lying down with me
This night i be lying down with Christ,
And christ be lying down with me
This night i be lying down with the Spirit,
And the Spirit be lying down with me
God and Christ and the Spirit be lying down with me.
GOD WITH ME LYING DOWN
God 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.
Four Angels at Her Head
Four corners to her bed
Four angels at her head
Mark, Matthew, Luke and John;
God bless the bed that she lies on.
New moon, new moon,
God bless me
God bless this house and family.
Scary Things in the Night
From ghoulies and ghosties
and long leggety beasties
And things that go bumpin the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
Monday, July 14, 2008
This is a traditional celtic prayer that was prayed while stoking the fire for the evening before going to bed
The sacred Three
Oh! this eve,
And every night,
Each single night.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
A blessing upon your new hearth,
A blessing upon your new dwelling,
Upon your newly-kindled fire.
A blessing upon your tallest grass
A blessing upon your fruitful partner
A blessing upon your growing son
Upon your growing daughter.
A blessing upon the household's helpers,
A blessing upon the children yet unborn,
A blessing upon the wise parents,
Upon your occupation.
A blessing upon your goods and income,
A blessing upon your kith and kin.
A blessing upon you in light or darkness,
Each day and night of your lives.
God Bless This House
From site to stay,
From beam to wall,
From end to end,
From ridge to basement,
From balk to roof-tree,
From found to summit.
BLESS, O GOD, THE DWELLING
Bless, O God, the dwelling,
And each who rests herein this night;
Bless, O God, my dear ones
In every place wherein they sleep;
In the night that is tonight,
And every single night;
In the day that is today,
And every single day.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
the invocation of the Trinity,
through belief in the Threeness,
through confessionof the Oneness of the Creator of creation.
I arise today through the strength of Christ with His Baptism,
through the strength of His Crucifixion with His Burial
through the strength of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
through the strength of His descent for the Judgment of Doom.
I arise today through the strength of the love of Cherubimin obedience of Angels,
in the service of the Archangels,
in hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
in prayers of Patriarchs, in predictions of Prophets,
in preachings of Apostles, in faiths of Confessors,
In innocence of Holy Virgins, in deeds of righteous men.
I arise today, through the strength of Heaven:
light of Sun, brilliance of Moon, splendour of Fire,
speed of Lightning, swiftness of Wind, depth of Sea,
stability of Earth, firmness of Rock.
I arise today, through God's strength to pilot me:
God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me,
God's host to secure me:against snares of devils,
against temptations of vices,against inclinations of nature,
against everyone whoshall wish me ill,
afar and anear, alone and in a crowd.
I summon today all these powers between me (and these evils):
against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose my body and my soul,
against incantations of false prophets, against black laws of heathenry,
against false laws of heretics, against craft of idolatry,
against spells of women [any witch] and smiths and wizards,
against every knowledge that endangers man's body and soul.
Christ to protect me todayagainst poison, against burning, against drowning,
against wounding, so that there may come abundance of reward.
Legend has it that Patrick sang this as a hymn when ambushes were laid against. On one particular journey to Tara men lay in wait to kill him and his party of monks. The story goes that those waiting in the darkness to pounce saw coming from the mist wild deer with a fawn following them carrying books. They let them pass not realizeing what they saw was Patrick and his party. Patrick arrived at Tara; his Easter fire was the first spring light, conquering darkness forever in Ireland
This prayer summons God’s protection to strengthen us for life’s struggles.
1. God – the three in one
2. Human valour as lived by Christ
3. Angels and great souls
4. Powers of creation
5. Spiritual gifts
The praying person confronts negative forces one by one,
Christ beside me
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness From this day forward.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Peace between neighbors
Peace between kindred
Peace between lovers
I love the King of Life
Peace between person and person
Peace between mother & child
Peace between Father & Son
The Peace of Christ above all peace
invocation from the Carmina Gadelica collected by Alexander Carmichael
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
In the Celtic Christian tradition there was no seperation between the sacred and the secular. Life was seen as a hole and the Trinity present in every moment. Prayer therefore was a natural as breathing. The Celt practice was to pray or invoke God's involement for, during and about everything (good, beautiful,...). This facilates a very natural and organic approach to prayer and God's presence.
Prayers for frequent activities like lighting the fireplace, milking the cow etc. were learned by heart and handed down by word of mouth or later in writing.
Being an oral and creative culture facilated this very natural approach to prayer.The use of the imagination became second nature. For example, by imagining that Jesus, his mother or friends are in our back garden, workplace or bedroom! As we imagine this, we begin to sense what they would think and do if they were us and respond in very natural prayer.
The Celtic way is to bless everything in life (except evil), however earthy or ordinary. Animals, bicycles, computers, exams, food, gifts, jobs, love-making, meals, parties, travel – try it!
Over the course of the month we'll look at some celtic invocations, blessings and types of prayer. As your introduced to this more natural approach to prayer apply it and experience a deeping awarness of the all enveloping presence of the triune God, we have been invited to friendship with.