A Blessing Based on Isaiah 9

May the wisdom of the Wonderful Counselor direct you,
the strength of the Mighty God protect you,
the love of the Everlasting Father embrace you,
the peace of the Prince of Peace surround you.

Source: Unknown, possibly Celtic.

This blessing is drawn from Isaiah 9:6

Remind Us of Your Divine Works

God of mercy,
the day is now far spent,
and the night is approaching.
Remind us of your divine works,
that we may be able
to renounce the works of darkness;
for you live and reign
with your Son and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Antiphonary of Bangor, ninth century

Source of this version: Translated and reworked from the Latin text for A Collection of Prayers.

© 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Original in Latin:

33. Ad intium noctis.

Evolutis nunc diei temporibus, nocturnis que spatiis supervenientibus, Dei misericordiam deprecemur, ut suppleti divinis sensibus tenebrarum operibus renuntiare possimus, Qui regnas &c

I Arise Today (Celtic Prayer)

I arise today
embraced in the arms
of God the Father,
empowered by the strength
of God the Spirit,
immersed in the love
of God the Son.
I arise today
in the company
of the Trinity,
Father, Spirit and Son.
I arise today.

Source: Unknown, attributed as “A Celtic Prayer”

See: St. Patrick’s Breastplate and “I Arise Today” (St. Bridget)

Source of this version: http://stoswaldsoswestry.org.uk/prayer-room/morning-and-evening-prayers/

Morning Prayer of St. Patrick

saint_patrick_28window29Lord, be with us this day,
within us to purify us;
above us to draw us up;
beneath us to sustain us;
before us to lead us;
behind us to restrain us;
around us to protect us.

Source: attributed to St. Patrick

Source of this version: https://eph5v2.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/lord-be-with-us-this-day/

Also found here: http://timeforprayer.blogspot.com/2010/09/ancient-prayers.html

Note: Although this prayer is attributed to St. Patrick, a Google Books search did not find it in any resource printed before 1996. Some lines are reminiscent of St. Patrick’s Breastplate.

Graphic: Saint Patrick stained glass window from Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA, from Wikimedia Commons

Come I This Day

Come I this day to the Father,CelticCapital13
Come I this day to the Son,
Come I to the Holy Spirit powerful;
Come I this day with God,
Come I this day with Christ,
Come I with the Spirit of kindly balm.

Father, and Spirit, and Jesus,
From the crown of my head
To the soles of my feet;
Come I with my reputation,
Come I with my testimony,
Come I to you, Jesu–
Jesu, shelter me.

Source: Unknown, Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 69. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p.68


Morning Prayer

CelticCapital15Thanks to you, Jesus Christ,
who brought me up from last night
to the gladsome light of this day,
to win everlasting life for my soul,
through the atoning blood you shed for me.

Praise to you, O God forever,
for the blessings you bestowed on me,
my food, my speech, my deeds, my health.

And I ask,
to shield me from sin,
to shield me from ill,
to bless me this night,
and I low and poor,
O God of the poor!
O Christ of the wounds!
Give me wisdom along with your grace.

May the Holy One claim me,
and protect me on sea and on land,
and lead me on from step to step,
to the peace of the Everlasting City,
the peace of the Everlasting City!

Source: Unknown, Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p. 97. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. I, p.96

In Carmida Gadelica… on the following pages, a similar prayer in a slightly different format appears:

The Dedication

Thanks to you, God,
who brought me from yesterday
to the beginning of today,
everlasting joy
to earn for my soul
with good intent
and for every gift of peace
you bestow on me,
my thoughts, my words,
my deeds, my desires
I dedicate to you,
I supplicate you,
I beseech you,
to keep me from offence
and to shield me tonight
for the sake of your wounds
with your offering of grace.


CelticCapital24Thanks to you, O God, that I have risen today,
to the rising of this life itself;
may it be to your own glory, O God of every gift,
and to the glory of my soul likewise.

O great God, aid my soul
with the aiding of your own mercy;
even as I clothe my body with wool,
cover my soul with the shadow of your wing.

Help me to avoid every sin,
and the source of every sin to forsake;
and as the mist scatters on the crest of the hills,
may each ill haze clear from my soul, O God.

Source: Unknown, Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. III,p. 31. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. III, p.30