Prayer for Saturday (St. Patrick of Ireland)

Bless, O Lord, this food we are about to eat; and we pray You, O God, that it may be good for our body and soul; and if there be any poor creature hungry or thirsty walking along the road, send them into us that we can share the food with them, just as You share your gifts with all of us.

(traditional Irish blessing)
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May this food restore our strength, giving new energy to tired limbs, new thoughts to weary minds. May this drink restore our souls, giving new vision to dry spirits, new warmth to cold hearts. And once refreshed, may we give new pleasure to You, who gives us all.

(Anonymous Irish Grace)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My body is healthier and stronger everyday.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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Prayer for Saturday

I AM bending my knee
In the eye of the Father who created me,
In the eye of the Son who died for me,
In the eye of the Spirit who cleansed me,
In love and desire.

Pour down upon us from heaven
The rich blessing of Thy forgiveness;
Thou who art uppermost in the City,
Be Thou patient with us.

Grant to us, Thou Saviour of Glory,
The fear of God, the love of God, and His affection,
And the will of God to do on earth at all times
As angels and saints do in heaven;
Each day and night give us Thy peace.
Each day and night give us Thy peace.

(from Carmina Gadelica, Volume 1, by Alexander Carmicheal, 1900)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My thinking is peaceful, calm, and centered.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Wednesday (St. Bridget of Kildare)

Dear Lord,
Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am,
and keep ever burning before my vagrant steps the kindly light of hope…
And though I come not within sight of the castle of my dreams,
teach me to be thankful for life,
and for time’s olden memories that are good and sweet.
And may the evening’s twilight find me gentle still.

(An Irish Prayer; Source: Irish Blessings & Prayers)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am dependable, honest, and dedicated.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Starting this week we will post a new affirmation on Sunday for the week
instead of every day.

Prayer for Monday

When I deny my higher self, I deny God, and when I deny God, I deny my higher self because we are one in the same.” ~ Tian Dayton, Ph.D.

SOLUS-IUIL NA SIORRUIDHEACHD THE GUIDING LIGHT OF ETERNITY
DHE, thug mis a fois na h-oidhch an raoir
Chon solus aoibh an la an diugh,
Bi da mo thoir bho sholus ur an la an diugh,
Chon solus iul na siorruidheachd,
O! bho sholus ur an la an diugh,
Gu solus iul na siorruidheachd.
O GOD, who broughtst me from the rest of last night
Unto the joyous light of this day,
Be Thou bringing me from the new light of this day
Unto the guiding light of eternity.
Oh! from the new light of this day
Unto the guiding light of eternity.
From Carmina Gadelica, Volume 1, by Alexander Carmicheal

Today’s Affirmation:

“I am a spiritual being having a human experience.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Wednesday

SOLUS-IUIL NA SIORRUIDHEACHD THE GUIDING LIGHT OF ETERNITY
DHE, thug mis a fois na h-oidhch an raoir
Chon solus aoibh an la an diugh,
Bi da mo thoir bho sholus ur an la an diugh,
Chon solus iul na siorruidheachd,
O! bho sholus ur an la an diugh,
Gu solus iul na siorruidheachd.
O GOD, who broughtst me from the rest of last night
Unto the joyous light of this day,
Be Thou bringing me from the new light of this day
Unto the guiding light of eternity.
Oh! from the new light of this day
Unto the guiding light of eternity.
(From Carmina Gadelica, Volume 1, by Alexander Carmicheal, [1900])

Today’s Affirmation:
“My personality is radiant with success, beauty and happiness.”
(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Thursday

DIA liom a laighe,
Dia liom ag eirigh,
Dia liom anus gach rath soluis,
Is gun mi rath son as aonais,
Gun non rath as aonais. 

Dia liom a cadal,
Dia liom a dusgadh,
Dia liom a caithris,
Gach la agus oidhche,
Gach aon la is oidhche.

Dia liom a comhnadh
Domhnach liom a riaghladh,
Spiorad liom a treoradh,
Gu soir agus siorruidh,
Soir agus siorruidh, Amen.
Triath nan triath, Amen.

GOD with me lying down,
God with me rising up,
God with me in each ray of light,
Nor I a ray of joy without Him,
Nor one ray without Him. 

God with me sleeping,
God with me waking,
God with me watching,
Every day and night,
Each day and night.

God with me protecting,
The Lord with me directing,
The Spirit with me strengthening,
For ever and for evermore,
Ever and evermore, Amen.
Chief of chiefs, Amen.

(based on “Dia Liom A Laighe” from Carmina Gadelica, Vol. I,
by Alexander Carmicheal, [1900])

Prayers for Wednesday (Imbolc/Oimelc)

Mighty Brighid, keeper of the flame,
blazing in the darkness of winter.
O goddess, we honor you, bringer of light,
healer, exalted one.
Bless us now, hearth mother,
that we may be as fruitful as the soil itself,
and our lives abundant and fertile.

(Patti Wigington, source: About.com Paganism/Wicca)

This morning, as I kindle the flame upon my hearth, I pray that the flame of Brighid may burn in my soul, and the souls of all I meet today.
I pray that no envy and malice, no hatred or fear, may smother the flame.
I pray that indifference and apathy, contempt and pride, may not pour like cold water on the flame.
Instead, may the spark of Brighid light the love in my soul, that it may burn brightly through the day.
And may I warm those that are lonely, whose hearts are cold and lifeless, so that all may know the comfort of Brighid’s love.

(Author Unknown, source: The Pagan Library)

Traditional Scottish hymn for Bride’s (Brighid) Day
‘Moch maduinn Bhride,
Thig an nimhir as an toll,
Cha bhoin mise ris an nimhir,
Cha bhoin an nimhir rium.’
Early on Bride’s morn
The serpent shall come from the hole,
I will not molest the serpent,
Nor will the serpent molest me.

(from Carmina Gadelica, Volume 1,
by Alexander Carmicheal, 1900)