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A Celtic Blessing for Protection and Grace

A Celtic Blessing for Protection and Grace

Poetry comes from the quiet mind and from behind closed eyes. In the Celtic bardic tradition, poets were the carriers of blessing and inspiration from the gods. A poet, it is said, would lie down beside a river in a dark forest, holding a rock upon his belly, in that place of the soul, so that his spirit would not fly away and he could take his dreaming inward.

This old Celtic blessing for protection and grace was probably inspired in just such a way. Today, no matter what spiritual path we follow, these are still words of comfort and beauty. Read the blessing here:

The love and affection of the angels be to you,
The love and affection of the saints be to you,
The love and affection of heaven be to you,
To guard and to cherish you.

May God shield you on every steep,
May Christ aid you on every path,
May Spirit fill you on every slope,
On hill and on plain.

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Adapted from Darkness Visible, by Ross Heaven and Simon Buxton (Inner Traditions, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Ross Heaven and Simon Buxton. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Darkness Visible, by Ross Heaven and Simon Buxton (Inner Traditions, 2005).

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1:24PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Beautiful words, thank you!

8:38AM PST on Feb 16, 2013

beautiful. may the words be taken to heart. I have an image in mind when reading the prayers. God is above, Christ is beside, Spirit is the foundation upon which i walk. thus i am completely surrounded by peace, love and protection.

4:03AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Perfect, thanks!

12:55AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Aah! What a blessing to bestow on a person!

3:36PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Thanks for the post.

2:34AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Thank you :)

10:02AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

inspirational and worth passing on to others

6:16PM PST on Jan 20, 2012


12:04PM PST on Jan 8, 2012

nice blessing, for those receptive sprits in need.

4:31PM PST on Dec 20, 2011


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