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A Celtic Blessing

Post by Candlelight.kk on 28/5/2017, 17:09

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A Celtic Blessing

May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work that you do
with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light
and renewal to those who work with you
and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of
refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in bland absences.
May the day never burden.
May dawn find you awake and alert,
approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you
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For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
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Post by Stardust on 28/5/2017, 17:12

11 Mar, 2008


In honour of St Patrick's Day on 17th March, an Irish blessing :
http://www.e-water.net/viewflash.php?flash=irishblessing_en



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Post by Candlelight.kk on 28/5/2017, 17:14

Stardust, that was absolutely enchanting!

Karma lovingly sent to you for that beautiful blessing (bringing with it many wonderful memories).

And the music ... 'Down by the Sally Gardens' that is the song I sang in our local Feis, representing the Solo entry for our school. I came second, which unfortunately didn't carry a prize, but at least we beat our lifelong rivals, the school in the village nearest to ours.
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Post by Stardust on 28/5/2017, 17:15

11 Mar, 2008

Thank you kindly, Candlelight. You have such an abundance of memories, it's amazing. There is so much that we forget.



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Re: A Celtic Blessing

Post by Feather on 28/5/2017, 17:17

11 Mar, 2008

That was so beautiful, Stardust. Can you find a Scottish one? Smile



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Re: A Celtic Blessing

Post by Stardust on 28/5/2017, 17:19

11 Mar, 2008

If I ever come across one I'll be sure to post the link, Feather.
It would be lovely to have a slide show of beautiful Scottish scenery.

I can give you a Scottish blessing though :

If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
So let it be.



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Post by Stardust on 28/5/2017, 17:20

- Scottish Blessing -
May the blessing of light be on you - light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire, so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it.
And may light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in the window of a house, bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm.
And may the blessing of the rain be on you, may it beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there a shining pool where the blue of heaven shines, and sometimes a star.
And may the blessing of the earth be on you, soft under your feet as you pass along the roads, soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day;
and may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it.
May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly; up and off and on its way to God.



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Re: A Celtic Blessing

Post by Feather on 28/5/2017, 17:21

Thank you, Stardust. You found a Scottish blessing, then, or did you compose it yourself?
I think you probably did. Smile



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Re: A Celtic Blessing

Post by Candlelight.kk on 28/5/2017, 17:23

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Here's one for you, Feather. Smile (um - can you translate it for us please?)

Be ye our angel unawares
If after Kirk ye bide a wee,
There's some would like to speak to ye,
If after Kirk ye rise and flee
We' all seem cauld and still to ye.
The one that's in the seat with ye
Is stranger here than ye, maybe.
All here have got their fears and cares,
Add ye your soul unto our prayers,
Be ye our angel unawares.

— Scottish Blessing
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Re: A Celtic Blessing

Post by Stardust on 28/5/2017, 17:27

27 Mar, 2008

Feather wrote:
Thank you, Stardust. You found a Scottish blessing, then, or did you compose it yourself?
I think you probably did. Smile
No, I didn't. Both the Scottish blessings I posted above were unattributed but I didn't write either.

While we're on the subject of Scotland, how about the national anthems ?
O Flower of Scotland is played at rugby and football games and was written by Roy Williamson of folk group The Corries in the 1960s.
The song refers to the victory of the Scots led by Robert the Bruce, over the English under Edward II, at Bannockburn in 1314.

O Flower of Scotland, when will we see your like again,
That fought and died for your wee bit hill and glen,
And stood against him, proud Edward's army,
And sent him homeward tae think again.
The Hills are bare now and Autumn leaves lie thick and still
O'er land that is lost now, which those so dearly held
That stood against him, proud Edward's army,
And sent him homeward tae think again.
Those days are past now and in the past they must remain
But we can still rise now and be the nation again,
That stood against him, proud Edward's army,
And sent him homeward tae think again.
0 Flower of Scotland, when will we see your like again,
That fought and died for your wee bit hill and glen,
And stood against him, proud Edward's army,
And sent him homeward tae think again.


Athletes prefer to use Scotland the Brave, written by Cliff Hanley, to celebrate their country during medal ceremonies.

Hark when the night is falling,
Hear! hear the pipes are calling,
Loudly and proudly calling,
Down thro' the glen.
There where the hills are sleeping,
Now feel the blood a-leaping,
High as the spirits of the old Highland men.

Chorus :

Towering in gallant fame,
Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards gloriously wave,
Land of my high endeavour,
Land of the shining river,
Land of my heart for ever,
Scotland the brave.

High in the misty Highlands
Out by the purple islands,
Brave are the hearts that beat
Beneath Scottish skies.
Wild are the winds to meet you,
Staunch are the friends that greet you,
Kind as the love that shines from fair maidens' eyes.

Chorus
Far off in sunlit places
Sad are the Scottish faces,
Yearning to feel the kiss
Of sweet Scottish rain.
Where the tropics are beaming
Love sets the heart a-dreaming,
Longing and dreaming for the hameland again.

Chorus



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Post by Feather on 28/5/2017, 17:28

27 Mar, 2008

Yes, Stardust, these 2 songs are generally more popular in Scotland than "God save the Queen". This is because the 2nd verse
of The National Anthem is offensive to Scottish people, being so belligerant towards Scotland. This verse is never sung now but
the Scots don't forget. Me, I don't like these nationalistic songs as I believe all nations are as important as one another.
Nationalism is responsible for nearly as many wars as Religion and, in my view, not to be encouraged too much. I prefer to think of all people
as part of the human race so, to me, anthems and the thinking that accompanies them are undesirable.



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Post by Candlelight.kk on 28/5/2017, 17:30

I have to disagree with you there, Feather. I think taking pride in one's country, culture, language, traditions, background is something which should be encouraged and instilled in every youngster from an early age. I do believe the overall loss of "association" or lack of a sense of "belonging" is the root cause of much dissent throughout the world today.

For me - to hear anyone sing their National Anthem with pride and feeling is an emotional thing for me to witness, and something I can empathise with wholeheartedly.
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Post by Feather on 28/5/2017, 17:31

I doubt if a super-consciousness would see it like that. I don't believe we should be too parochial
or nationalistic. Pride of any kind is counter-productive to the soul, isn't it?
Remember the Nazis?



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Post by Stardust on 28/5/2017, 17:32

27 Mar, 2008

I think this is being extreme, Feather, but we'll have to agree to disagree.

As for your remark re the Nazis, if you look through the thread "How do you overcome loss" you'll see that I have not forgotten ... far from it. There are other examples in past and recent history, I wish there were not, but none so terrible or overwhelming.

So you're telling me you're not proud of being a Scot and wouldn't stand up in a stadium with everyone else belting out your anthem to support your side ? For me this sort of pride is good, not bad. You cannot equate every person who is proud of their nation and their birthright with skinheads and members of the National Front.

It makes me sad that we don't see eye-to-eye on this, but there it is. Neither of us will persuade the other, we'll have to live with it.



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Post by Feather on 28/5/2017, 17:33

Stardust, I'm not equating them with anyone. No,I wouldn't go to a stadium in the 1st place. I have no interest in sport.
If I happen to come across eg football on TV,I change channels. I abhor the chanting and general racket of the fans.
I grant you that we must 1st be nationalistic in order to become internationally aware and appreciative but it should, I think, be
only a stepping stone to higher-minded ideals.



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Post by Stardust on 28/5/2017, 17:34

27 Mar, 2008

Peace, Feather. Love and light. (I love sports).

On this we agree.



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Post by Candlelight.kk on 28/5/2017, 17:35

And yet a certain guided structure is necessary. (Perhaps love is a better word to use in this context of pride). Take the family group. The soul group. The structure of the group is based on love. The progressive breakdown of the family group in the Western (more "civilized"?) nations spills over into the breakdown of the outer parochial parameter, and further into the community, the loss of the "community" structure leading further out into the country as a whole, bringing with it anarchy and chaos.
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Post by Feather on 28/5/2017, 17:36

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I see what you're getting at, Candlelight, but I still say that zealous nationalism is not to be
encouraged. It too can lead to anarchy and chaos. Emphasising the difference or separateness
of people according to country, race, religion etc should be replaced by stressing the similarities
and unity of everyone on earth.That's all I'm saying.



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