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Friday, August 23, 2013

Meal Prayers


Meal Blessing 

May this meal be blessed,
May those who eat it have 
health and happiness,
May we be grateful for this abundance,
In name of the Gods and spirits

This is a longer prayer from the Carmina Gadelica to be said over food. I would suggest saying it either while cooking or while serving the meal, as opposed to after serving it. Interestingly the prayer contains a line referencing asperging those about to eat after they sit at the table, especially the children. There is a reference as well to several herbs, which might be seen as bringing blessing or luck based on the context; it would be worth considering placing a tiny amount of each, or several, into water to use for sprinkling on the family and guests. I would not recommend drinking or otherwise consuming the water or herbs without carefully researching each for safety, but external application should be all right. Someone seeking to reconstruct a meal practice might work out a system, particularly for ritual meals or feasts, of saying this blessing over the food, serving the meal and then asperging the gathered people with blessed herbal water before the meal commences. Below is my own version based on the original.

Meal Blessing 78

Every meal beneath my roof,
They will all be mixed together,
In name of the Gods
,
     Who gave them growth.
Milk, and eggs, and butter,
The good produce of our own flock,
There shall be no untimely dearth in our land,
     Nor in our dwelling.
In name of the Gods of life,
Who bequeathed to us the power,
With the blessing of the land,
     And of the goddess of the land.
May we appreciate what we have,
And may You be a sanctuary around us,
Ward from us every spectre, sprite, oppression,
     And preserve us.
Consecrate the produce of our land,
Bestow prosperity and peace,
In name of Danu
 the Mother of the aos sidhe,
     And of the three gods
 of skill.
Dandelion, smooth garlic,
Foxglove
, woad, and butterwort,
The three carle-doddies,
     And marigold
.
Gray 'cailpeach' plucked,
The seven
-pronged seven times,
The mountain yew
, ruddy heath,
     And madder
.
I will put water on them all,
In the name of Lugh
 of the Long Arm,
In the name of Daghda
 the generous,
     And of Macha
, sovereign queen.
When we shall sit down
To take our food,
I will sprinkle in the name of the Gods

     On the children


Shorter Version -  Meal Blessing


Every meal beneath my roof,
They will all be mixed together,
In name of the Gods
,
     Who gave them growth.
Milk, and eggs, and butter,
The good produce of our own flock,
There shall be no untimely dearth in our land,
     Nor in our dwelling.
In name of the Gods of life,
Who bequeathed to us the power,
With the blessing of the land,
     And of the goddess of the land.
May we appreciate what we have


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