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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Prayer for the Year

This is one of the more interesting prayers in the Gadelica because it involves praying for calm seas at specific points throughout the year. In the original Gadelica version the dates listed are the old pagan fire festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh as well as the feast days of saints, however each of these feast days is on or within days of a solstice or equinox, so I have shifted the references to these. Taken with a larger view this prayer can be seen as one for peace and safety throughout the year. I would recommend saying it at the turning of the year, but it could be said with equal effectiveness at any point.  

Ocean Blessing 118

O gracious gods whom we honor,
Give to us your gracious blessing,
Carry us over the surface of the sea
Carry us safely to a haven of peace,
Bless our boatmen and our boat
Bless our anchors and our oars,
Each stay and halyard and traveler,
Our mainsails to our tall masts
May land, sea, and sky
 remain in their places
That we may return home in peace;
I myself will sit down at the helm,
It is Manannan
 who will give me guidance,
As He travels far over the waters
On the fields of waves.
On the Autumn Equinox, day of balance,
On Samhain
, when the old year ends,
On the day of the Winter Solstice,
Subdue to us the crest of the waves,
On Imbolc
, day of my choice,
Cast the serpent into the ocean,
So that the sea
 may swallow her up;
On the Spring Equinox
, day of power,
Reveal to us the storm from the north,
Quell its wrath and blunt its fury,
Lessen its fierceness, kill its cold.
On Beltane Day give us the dew,
On Midsummer’s
 Day the gentle wind,
On Lughnasadh
, the great of fame,
Ward off us the storm from the west;
Each day and night, storm and calm,
Be with us, great Gods
 of Life,
Be our guide in right-living,
Your  hands on the helm of our rudder,
By land, sea, and sky

  - excerpted from By Land, Sea, and Sky

1 comment:

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