Celtic crosses are seen worldwide as a symbol of Ireland. For Easter I thought I might share some photos of Irish Celtic crosses, together with a collection of Irish blessings and reflections for the Easter season.
Old Irish blessings are lyrically beautiful, and perfect for imparting the messages of peace, love and renewal at Easter time.
I hope you enjoy this little collection of Irish reflections as much as I do …..
“You are the peace of all things calm,
You are the place to hide from harm.
You are the light that shines in dark,
You are the heart’s eternal spark.
You are the door that’s open wide,
You are the guest who waits inside.
You are the light, the truth, the way,
You are my Savior this very day.”
~ Celtic Blessing From The First Millennium
“Love is never defeated,
and I could add,
the history of Ireland proves it.”
~ Pope John Paul II from a speech
to the people of Galway, September 1979
“What can afear,
With God the Father near?”
~ Celtic Prayer
“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
“The light of God surround you
The love of God enfold you
The power of God protect you
The presence of God watch over you.”
~ Old Irish Blessing
“Alone with none but thee, my God,
I journey on my way.
What need I fear,
When thou art near O king of night and day?
More safe am I within thy hand
Than if a host did round me stand.”
~ St. Columba
“May God bless you at Easter,
and keep you all year through.
May God give you all the faith you need,
to make your dreams come true.
May His love and wisdom always help,
to guide you on your way.
May His light shine down upon you now,
to bless your Easter Day.”
~ Author Unknown
“I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.”
~ From The Prayer of Saint Patrick
And so this Easter Season, wherever you may be, may God hold you in the palm of his hand, now and forevermore.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
Check out a previous post on The Celtic Cross for more information on this beloved symbol of Ireland.
Check out another post to learn more about Irish Good Friday traditions from days gone by.