This is a page that I share unique blessings and prayers as I run into them.
Irish Wedding Blessing
May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortunes
and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward.
An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
St. Patrick's Blessing:
May the strength of God pilot us;
May the wisdom of God instruct us,
May the hand of God protect us,
May the word of God direct us.
Be always ours this day and for evermore.
An Irish Friendship Wish
May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Here's To Good Irish Friends
Here’s to good Irish friends
Never above you
Never below you
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.
May your heart be warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day in every way
And forever and ever after.
May the luck of the Irish possess you.
May the devil fly off with your worries.
May God bless you forever and ever.
Bless Your Little Irish Heart
Bless your little Irish heart-
and every other Irish part.
Irish Blessing Of Light
May the blessing of Light be on you -
light without and light within,
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart till it glows like
a great peat fire, so that the stranger
may come and warm himself at it, and
also a friend.
And may the light shine out of the two
eyes of you, like a candle set in two
windows of a house, bidding the wanderer
to come in out of the storm.
And may the blessing of the Rain be on you -
the soft sweet rain. May it fall upon your
spirit so that all the little flowers may
spring up, and shed their sweetness on the air.
And may the blessing of the Great Rains be on
you, may they beat upon your spirit and wash
it fair and clean, and leave there many a
shining pool where the blue of heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.
And may the blessing of the Earth be on you -
the great round earth; may you ever have a
kindly greeting for them you pass as you’re
going along the roads.
May the earth be soft under you when you
rest upon it, tired at the end of the day, and may
it rest easy over you when, at the last, you lay
out under it;
May it rest so lightly over you, that your soul
may be out from under it quickly, and up, and
off, and on its way to God.
Irish Blessing for Plenty
Wishing you always -
Walls for the wind
And a roof for rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart might desire!
St. Brigid's Blessing
Through her holy intercession
with our Father in Heaven,
may St. Brigid bless you and and make you generous in your giving,
pleasant in your greeting, honest in your speaking,
loyal in your loving, clear in your thinking,
strong in your working, and joyful in your living
And when it's time for your homecoming,
may there be peace in your passing and a warm
welcome in heaven.
May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.
May you have:
A world of wishes at your command.
God and his angels close to hand.
Friends and family their love impart,
and Irish blessings in your heart!
May you alway walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.
May God grant you many years to live,
For sure he must be knowing.
The earth has angels all too few.
And heaven is overflowing.
May you have the hindsight to know where you've been
the foresight to know where you're going
and the insight to know when you're going too far.
May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill all the way to your door.
If there is righteousness in the heart,
There will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
There will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.
So let it be.
18th Century Gaelic Wedding Blessing
written by the Reverend Donald MacLeod, Minister of
Duirinish, Skye Scotland
Mìle fàilte dhuit le d'bhréid,
Fad do ré gun robh thu slàn.
Móran làithean dhuit is sìth,
Le d'mhaitheas is le d'nì bhi fàs.
A thousand welcomes to you with your marriage kerchief,
may you be healthy all your days.
May you be blessed with long life and peace,
may you grow old with goodness and with riches.
Old German Blessing
With faith there is love
with love there is peace
with peace there is blessing
with blessing, there is God
with God there is no need.
Old German House Blessing (Haus Segan)
May the blessing of God crown this house where our children go in and out. We praise God, Thee we praise. We with our children for ever and ever. When they and we go out and in, let Thou us blessed be. Let the time of our life and thereafter ever Christ like be. God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, from whom all our blessings, flow. Grant us that our children may have the speech to declare the name of the Lord. Let their obedience throughout their whole life be an imprint of thy Image and teach them the evil to shun."
A Polish Family Blessing
Lord, we ask you to bless this family
with a warm place by the fire when the world is cold,
a light in the window when the way is dark,
a welcoming smile when the road is long,
a haven of love when the day is done.
For the blessing of this home we give thanks.
May your hand be outstretched to all you meet.
And may all men say 'Brother' when they speak of you.
May the land be fertile beneath your feet.
May your days be gentle as the sun-kissed dew.
God bless the corners of this house,
And be the lintel blest;
And bless the hearth and bless the board
And bless each place of rest;
And bless each door that opens wide
To strangers and to kin;
And bless each crystal window pane
That lets the starlight in;
And bless the rooftree overhead
And every sturdy wall,
The peace of man, the peace of God,
The peace of love on all.
Bless This Little Child Lord
Lord, look down from heaven above
And touch this special child with love.
Protect and guide this little one
'Till each and every day is done.
Remind us often that it's true:
This little life is a gift from you.
A miracle You've sent our way!
Lord, bless this little child today.
I Said A Prayer For You Today
I said a prayer for you today, And know God must have heard.
I felt the answer in my heart although He spoke no word.
I didn't ask for wealth or fame, I knew you wouldn't mind.
I asked Him to send treasures of a far more lasting kind.
I asked that He'd be near you at the start of each new day,
To grant you health and blessings and friends to share your way.
I asked for happiness for you in all things great and small,
But it was for His loving care I prayed the most of all.
Blessings On The Feast Of Saint Francis
God bless the cow that gives us milk
God bless the lamb that gives us wool
God bless the hen that gives us eggs
God bless the pig that pays the rent
God bless the horse that we may ride
God bless the cat that catches mice
God bless the dog that herds the sheep
God bless the geese for our feather beds
God bless the lark for her morning song
God bless the swan upon the pond.
God bless all friends of fur and feather
And St. Francis protect them in all weather.
The LORD said to Moses: "Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them:
The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!
So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them."
—Numbers 6:22-27 (NAB)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit.
—Romans 15:13 (NAB)