Hello Everyone! Aidan here. I was visiting my mother at the weekend. As we were having a cup of Barry's tea, she was telling me about all the bad news of the country. Who died here, who was murdered there, what the neighbor's are up to. Sure what would an Irish conversation with a Mammy be like without those topics! It was then that she would typically finish off the conversation with an Irish blessing.
Due to Ireland's long history and strong relationship with religion, it has always had a strong influence of Irish culture. The love of words and songs mixed with deep rooted religion has created the unique tradition of Irish wedding blessings, birthday blessings, Christmas blessings and more. The overarching theme of most Irish blessings is seeing the light in the dark or celebrating the best parts of happy situations. Many Irish blessings are recited at weddings or other big family events. Over centuries, multitudes of these have emerged, so many that you could most likely find an Irish Blessing for any situation.
Here are 11 Irish Blessings you should know.
Irish blessing Prayer
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Friendship BlessingWishing you a rainbow,
for sunlight after showers.
Miles and miles of Irish smiles,
for golden happy hours.
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too.
And a host of friends that never ends
each day your whole life through!
A Good Life Blessing
May God grant you many years to live,
For sure He must be knowing
The earth has angels all too few
And heaven is overflowing.
An Irish Luck Blessing
If you’re lucky enough to be Irish… You’re lucky enough!
Irish Wedding BlessingMay you have love that never ends,
Health be yours, whatever you do,
And may God send many blessings to you!
Irish Farm BlessingMay the rains sweep gently across your fields.
May the sun warm the land.
May every good seed you have planted bear fruit.
And may late summer find you standing in fields of plenty.
Good Luck BlessingMay the blessing of light be on you,
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you and warm your heart,
till it glows like a great peat fire.
From Saint Patrick's Breastplate
Christ be with me.
Christ before me.
Christ behind me.
Christ in me.
Christ beneath me.
Christ above me.
Christ on my right.
Christ on my left.
Christ where I lie.
Christ where I sit.
Christ where I arise.
Christ in the heart of every man
who thinks of me.
Christ in the mouth of every man
who speaks of me.
Christ in every eye that sees me.
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Irish Blessing for a Home
May your neighbors respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And heaven accept you.
May peace and plenty be the first
To lift the latch at your door
And happiness be guided to your home
By the candle of Christmas.
God’s blessings and peace be yours throughout
This New Year.
Growing up, it was always a custom in our household. We grew up in a strong Irish Catholic family and religious blessings were a common place. My mother would also sing 'One day at a time sweet Jesus, one day at a time. When so many Irish people emmigrated to America, they brought these Irish prayers with them. To this day, many Irish Americans recite these. Perhaps you might recite a few today?
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