Sunday, August 15, 2010

an Irish blessing

Irish blessings can sometimes be problematic: loads of far too sentimental stuff printed on tea towels and quoted by folk with fake Irish accents. In reality, such blessings are usually much more practical: a grandmother dousing her grand kids with holy water as they settle in for sleep at night, a quiet touch of hand and heart and a kind word at the outset of a journey, an evening’s light turning to night across the hills.

This one has a bit of all that, along with a generous helping of rain, which certainly makes it true to Ireland. The music is by Phil Coulter, the singer at the outset is Aoife NĂ­ Fhearraigh, who is singing the Kyrie in Irish, and Roma Downey says the words of the blessing.

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Blogger BIKE LADY said...

"As you walk the roads, may you always have a kind word for those you meet." Amen! That part of the blessing stayed with me.

I bet you'd love the Musical Instrument Museum that just opened here in Phoenix. I heard the bagpipes in this musical selection, so it made me think of what's on display at the museum--so many. Amazing history in that one instrument really. You'd probably enjoy a visit there.

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Blogger Melanie Haiken said...

This is really lovely. I would have loved to play this as a lullaby for my girls when they were little. Thank you!

5:14 PM  

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