Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! 

I enjoy the St. Patrick's story and everything Irish so it's always fun to celebrate a little bit. Today I'm wearing green and my "Irish For A Day" pin, listening to my favorite Irish music and eating corned beef and cabbage and delicious Irish cream bars. 

On this lovely day I'd like to share some Irish blessings, prayers and quotes from a lovely book I found recently.   

Irish Blessings:

May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now
And bless you evermore.

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.

May you never find trouble
All crowdin' and shovin'
But always good fortune -
All smilin' and lovin'.

Irish Prayers:

Deep peace of the running waters to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the smiling stars to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.
-An Old Gaelic Prayer

Grand me a sense of humor, Lord,
That saving grace to see a joke,
To win some happiness from life,
And pass it on to other folk.

Here's a couple random facts about St. Patrick's Day:

The word leprechaun comes from the Irish Gaelic word lobaircin which means "small bodied person".

St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated in the USA in 1737.

St. Patrick began his ministry in 432 and by the end of his ministry in 460 Ireland was almost entirely converted to Christianity. 

This quote is quite true! hehe

For the great Gaels of Ireland
Are the men that God made mad,
For all their wars are merry
And all their songs are sad.
-G.K. Chesterton

I hope you're having a delightful day! :)

Do you have any special plans for St. Patrick's Day? 


Mel said...

What a most lovely post. The Irish Prayers and Blessings you included were truly beautiful!

"S" and family said...

Your site is always a pleasure to view. I almost forgot it was St. Patrick's Day, but here you have this fantistic tribute. Well done! Thank you for sharing it.

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