Today we pray the Irish Blessing. The first part of the prayer is the most popular, but the succeeding parts are just as beautiful. It’s something you say to people at weddings or before parting. But it’s also good to pray with yourself as its object.

I suggest you pray this aloud, letting the words roll in your mouth. Pause in one or more phrases that struck you, and let that be the words to guide you today.

The Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

May you be poor in misfortunes,
and rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness,
from this day forward,
May good luck be your friend,
In whatever you do,
And may trouble be always,
A stranger to you.

May you always have work for your hands to do,
May your pockets hold always a coin or two,
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane,
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain,
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.

May the sun shine all day long, everything go right and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true.

May the friendships you make be those which endure
and all of your Grey clouds be small ones for sure.
And trusting in Him to Whom we all pray,
may a song fill your heart every step of the way.

Amen.

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