A quick blog post to wish all of the Irish American Mom Community a very happy Easter.
Here are my Easter prayers and wishes for you and yours.
May this Easter be a time of renewal, resolution, and resilience for each and every one of us.
May we find direction and meaning this Easter to help us on life’s journey, as we face unimaginable challenges.
May we find courage and strength, no matter the trials we have yet to overcome,
And may we be awakened to the potential of life and the new discoveries that lie before us.
Easter Greetings In The Irish Language:
In the Irish language we say…
Beannachtaí na Cásca Oraibh
pronounced ban-uck-th-ee nah Kaw-sh-ka ur-iv, and which means
Easter blessings to you!
The literal translation of this phrase is Easter blessings be on you (plural). It doesn’t sound quite right in English, but I love the imagery the Irish wording creates. Can’t you just imagine the spirit of Easter shining on you from above, when you say it.
And this year, more than ever we need these Easter blessings, to help us on this journey of healing and transformation, which is happening all over the world.
An Irish Easter Blessing:
Here is a lovely verse from Ireland, telling us we are not alone in life.
In the words of our forefathers….
I love this old Irish blessing. It’s ever so appropriate for our current situation…
“May you see God’s light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
Even in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
when the shadows fall—
You do not walk alone.”
~ Irish Blessing
May the shadows of life be lifted for you this Easter.
Our Easter Sacrifices This Year:
Easter 2020 is a strange one for sure, with most of us practicing and perfecting social distancing for our own safety and the good of others. This is our selfless sacrifice for Easter – our cross to bear this year.
Many of us are missing large family celebrations, where we share all the love and happiness that Easter brings. But rest assured, the joy and gifts of Easter still remain.
I hope you have a joyous celebration nonetheless, content in the happiness that our loved ones are safer, though we may be apart this year.
To give you inspiration, here is a lovely quotation from an Irish pastor in Derry or Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
“May grace and peace be multiplied to you,
through the knowledge of God,
through knowing what God knows,
and believing what God believes ….about you.”
~ Phelim Doherty, By the Grace of God
Thanks to Phelim Doherty (first name pronounced Fay-lum) for these beautiful word of encouragement and inspiration.
Celebrating Easter In Ireland:
In the past few years I’ve shared posts about Easter and old Irish traditions surrounding this holiday.
You may enjoy exploring some of these recipes and ramblings again this year.
Happy reading if you decide to delve into my recipes and ramblings from the past.
And so to wrap up, I’ll simply close by wishing you and yours the very happiest of Easters, full of light, hope and belief in a brighter future.
Thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
Here are some more ramblings you might find interesting….