Bless this day and all who wake.
Bless all who wake.
Bless this day and all who weep.
Bless all who weep.
Bless this day and all who fear.
Bless all who fear.
Bless this day and all who laugh.
Bless all who laugh.
Bless this day and all who hunger.
Bless all who hunger.
Bless this day and all who hope..
Bless all who hope.
Bless this day.
Celtic Christians acknowledged God’s presence in every aspect of living—from waking to sleeping, from birth to death, from mundane chores to momentous celebrations. They perceived God’s creation as a holy gift. Gratitude characterized their way of being as they affirmed the source of life and gave thanks through blessings.
Gaelic blessings (Gaelic is a language of the Celts), a prayer form that has survived through the years, serve as the primary inspiration for the prayers in this book.
—Beth A. Richardson, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings (Upper Room Books, 2016)
What ordinary things or mundane chores surround you today? Name those things as you say your own blessing prayer: Bless this ______. Bless this ______. Join the conversation.
[Jesus said,] “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
—Matthew 5:3 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
—Excerpt from a prayer attributed to Saint Patrick
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Reign of Christ
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