Prayer at Rising

“Bless to me each thing mine eye see…” By Chris Lofqvist

The prayer follows a traditional format where blessings are bound to the senses or parts of the body as a kind of breastplate (or lorica, as the official term goes), the best known of which would be St Patrick’s Breastplate. The more thorough the prayer, the more powerful it becomes.

The following prayer has been adapted from the original:

Prayer at rising

Beannaich dhomh, a Thrì,
Gach seun is léir dha m’ shùil;
Beannaich dhomh, a Thrì,
Gach séis a chluinn mo chluas;
Bless to me, O Three,
Each thing my eye sees;
Bless to me, O Three,
Each sound my ear hears;
Beannaich dhomh, a Thrì,
Gach séid a thíd dha m’ shròin;
Beannaich dhomh, a Thrì,
Gach feuch a théid dha m’ bheòil;
Bless to me, O Three,
Each odour that goes to my nostrils;
Bless to me, O Three,
Each taste that goes to my lips;
Gach sèis a théid dha m’ cheòl,
Gach leus a théid dha m’ threòir,
Gach seun dh’am bheil mo thòir,
Gach teum dh’am bheil mo dheòin,
Each note that goes to my song,
Each ray that guides my way,
Each thing that I pursue,
Each lure that tempts my will,
An t-eud dha m’anam beò,
An Trì tha ‘n tòir mo chrìdhe,
An t-eud dha m’anam beò,
An Trì tha ‘n tòir mo chrìdhe.
The zeal that seeks my living soul,
The Three that seek my heart,
The zeal that seeks my living soul,
The Three that seek my heart.1

References

1 Adapted from Song 226, Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p199 (English only); Urnaigh Éirigh [226], Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica Volume III, 1941, pp32-33.