A Prayer

O God,CelticCapital5
in my deeds,
in my words,
in my wishes,
in my reason,
and in the fulfilling of my desires,
in my sleep,
in my dreams,
in my repose,
in my thoughts,
in my heart and soul always,
may the promised Branch of glory dwell.
Oh! in my heart and soul always,
may the fragrant Branch of glory dwell.

Source: Kenneth the Carpenter, written down by Dr. Donald Munro Morrison, (1889) Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 27. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 26

Note: The closing lines, “May the promised Branch of glory…” were altered so that the prayer is Christ-centered with the emphasis on “the promised Branch of glory,” a reference to Isaiah 4:2 and Isaiah 11:1.

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Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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