Monday, January 01, 2007

A Celtic Orthodox New Year's Blessing

God, bless to me the new day,
never vouchsafed to me before;
it is to bless Thine own presence
Thou hast given me this time, O God.

Bless to my eye,
may my eye bless all it sees;
I will bless my neighbor,
may my neighbor bless me.

God, give me a clean heart,
let me not from sight of Thine eye;
bless to me my family,
and bless to me my means.

Ancient Celtic Prayers collected by Alexander Carmichael (1832-1912), published in Carmina Gadelica (Edinburgh: Floris Books, 1992). These are prayers, hymns, and incantations collected in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the 18th century. (Slightly modified.)

(Hat tip: Monasticism.)

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