Lenten reflection on scripture — St. Patrick’s Day blessing

(on St. Patrick’s Day I think about blessings, inspired by a culture which, from days long before Christianity, knew about thorough blessing – Numbers 6: 24-26)

St. Brigid's Cross

St. Brigid’s Cross

May God bless you and keep you –
waking or sleeping,
working or laughing with friends,
caring for the young and the old,
in a place of prayer
or a place of wild dancing.

May God’s face shine upon
your hospital bed, prison cell,
cubicle, classroom,
roads taken and not taken,
even the roads that rise to greet you,
and the curb cut
that lets you roll along …

and be gracious to you,
to those you love or want to love,
those in today’s news
who need a grace for sorrow,
and those with non-newsworthy
ordinary sorrows.

May God lift up
a loving countenance upon you
so you recognize
you are an image of God,
and yet that your face is not
the only image of God …

and give you peace
within,
and the means to make peace
all around you.
Amen.

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3 Responses to Lenten reflection on scripture — St. Patrick’s Day blessing

  1. sugruerm says:

    Céad Mile Fáilte to you and all who read your words!

    PS ‘Sugrue’ is a minor Irish clan and I’ve been wearing a sparkly St Pat’s hat for the past 10 hours. The T4U ladies who met at my house today ate afternoon tea from emerald green plates as we pondered how to pass sound values of the past to a ‘me’ generation. Your words point a way.

  2. Maren says:

    Ah, ’tis a lovely thought ’tis — tea from green plates! I had a wonderful rainbow yesterday in a sky with no rain and no rain or snow all day. I thought about trying to find a pot of gold but decided that my one sixteenth Irish was probably not enough!

  3. Elaine Gaetani says:

    amen maren, amen and Top O The Evening to you! Blessings, Elaine

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