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Rune of Hospitality 

I saw a stranger today.
I put food for him
in the eating-place
And drink
in the drinking-place
And music
in the listening-place.

In the Holy name
of the Trinity
He blessed myself
and my family.
And the lark said in her warble
Often, often, often
Goes Christ
in the stranger’s guise.

O, oft and oft and oft,
Goes Christ
in the stranger’s guise.


Rune Before Prayer


I am bending my knee

In the eye of the Father who created me,

In the eye of the Son who purchased me,

In the eye of the Spirit who cleansed me,

In friendship and affection.

Through Thine own Anointed One, O God,

Bestow upon us fullness in our need,

Love towards God,

The affection of God,

The smile of God,

The wisdom of God.

The grace of God,

The fear of God,

And the will of God

To do on the world of the Three,

As angels and saints

Do in heaven;

Each shade and light,

Each day and night,

Each time in kindness,

Give Thou us Thy Spirit.






Ta mi lubadh mo ghlun

An suil an Athar a chruthaich mi,

An suil an Mhic a cheannaich mi,

An suil an Spioraid a ghlanaich mi,

Le caird agus caoimh.

Tre t'Aon Unga fein a Dhe,

Tabhair duinn tachar 'n ar teinn,

Gaol De,

Gradh De,

Gair De,

Gais De,

Gras De,

Sgath De,

Is toil De,

Dheanamh air talamh nan Tre,

Mar ta ainghlich is naoimhich

A toighe air neamh.

Gach duar agus soillse,

Gach la agus oidhche,

Gach uair ann an caoimhe,

Thoir duinn do ghne.

From the Carmina Gadelica

God guide me with Thy wisdom

God chastise me with Thy justice,

God help me with Thy mercy,

God protect me with Thy strength.


God fill me with Thy fullness,

God shield me with Thy shade,

God fill me with Thy grace,

For the sake of Thine Anointed Son.


Jesu Christ of the seed of David,

Visiting One of the Temple,

Sacrificial Lamb of the Garden,

Who died for me.

God Guide Me

Dhe stiuir mi le d' ghliocas

Dhe smachd mi le d' cheartas,

Dhe foir mi le d' throcair,

Dhe comh'n mi le d' chumhachd.


Dhe lion mi le da lanachd,

Dhe dion mi le d' sgaileachd,

Dhe lion mi le d' ghrasachd,

Air sgath do Mhic Unga.


Iosa Criosda a shiol Dhaibhidh,

Fear-tathaich an teampuill,

Uan-iobairt a gharaidh,

A bhasaich air mo shon.

From the Carmina Gadelica



Christ, as a light
illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield
overshadow me.
Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me 
on my left and my right.

This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me 
on my left and my right.

Canticle from the Northumbria Community Prayer Book

Soul Plaint

O JESU! to-night,
Thou Shepherd of the poor,
Thou sinless person
Who didst suffer full sore,
By ban of the wicked,
And wast crucified.

Save me from evil,
Save me from harm,
Save Thou my body,
Sanctify me to-night,
O Jesu! to-night,
Nor leave me.

Endow me with strength,
Thou Herdsman of might.
Guide me aright,
Guide me in Thy strength,
O Jesu! in Thy strength
Preserve me.

O IOS, a nochd,
Aghair nam bochd,
Cholann gun lochd,
Dh’ fhuilinn gu gort,
Fo bhinn nan olc,
’S a cheusadh.

Saor mi bho olc,
Saor mi bho lochd,
Caomhain mo chorp,
Naomhaich mi nochd,
O Ios, a nochd,
’S na treig mi.

Bairig domh neart,
Aghair nam feart,
Stiuir mi ’na d’ cheart,
Stiuir mi ’na d’ neart,
O Ios, ’na d’ neart
Gleidh mi.

From the Carmina Gadelica


The Prayer of St. Columba

Be a bright flame before me, O God

a guiding star above me.

Be a smooth path below me,

a kindly shepherd behind me

today, tonight, and for ever.

Alone with none but you, my God

I journey on my way;

what need I fear when you are near,

O Lord of night and day?

More secure am I within your hand

than if a multitude did round me stand.


Author unknown.

Do not practice long, drawn-out devotions,
but give yourself to prayer at intervals, as you would to food.
~ St. Comghall
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