Irish Prayers


For Our Loved Ones Far Away, St Colmcille

St Colmcille,
Who suffered the pain and grief of exile,
watch over the children of Ireland,
scattered throughout the world.
Obtain for them solace and courage,
and keep them true to God
in every trial and temptation!
Amen. (Prayers of an Irish Mother)

Peace; Northern Ireland School Children, Andrew McNeill

Peace in the city,
Peace in the House
Peace in my heart
And peace everywhere.
Please guide the leaders in our land to make this country a better and safer place. Make all the wars stop so that people can live in peace. Show us how to share what we have so that no one in the world need be hungry.

Dear Lord God, Even though we are different
Let us be grateful for the way you have made us and for the world we live in.
Let us talk people out of bombing and fighting. Let us always respect others and try to think how they feel. Amen.

Leadership; St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Notice everything
Correct a little
Cherish the brethren.
In thought – Faith
In word – Truth
In Deed – Courage
In life – Service

Service; Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Teach us, good Lord,
To serve you as you deserve
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labor and not to ask for reward
Save that of knowing that we do Thy will.

Peace Prayer; Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

For Tolerance; G.A. Cleveland Shrigley

Father of all people, free us from every prejudice born of hate and fear and kept alive by ignorance and pride. Open our hearts and minds to new friendships and new contributions of the spirit from races and cultures, religion and classes other than our own.

Enrich us by the great thoughts and experiences of all people and countries. With your children on earth make us sharers of your abundant life and workers together in your kingdom of love and peace.

Service; Martin Luther King

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb to agree to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theorem of thermo-dynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

A Volunteers Prayer; William Barclay

O God, our Father, deliver us this day from all that would keep us from serving you and from serving our fellow human beings as we ought.

Deliver us from all coldness of heart; and grant that neither our hand nor our heart may ever remain shut to the appeal of someone’s need.

Deliver us from all weakness of will; from the indecision which cannot make up its mind; from the irresolution that cannot abide by a decision once it is made; from the ability to say no to the tempting voices which come to us from inside and from outside.

Deliver us from all failure in endeavor; from being too easily discouraged; from giving up and giving in too soon; from allowing any task to defeat us, because it is too difficult.

Grant unto us today the love which is generous in help; the determination which is steadfast in decision; the perseverance which is enduring unto the end; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


A Suffolk Prayer for those who travel; Ronald Blythe

We remember before God all those who make our journey here happy and fulfilled, our families and our friends. We name in our hearts those who live a long way from us and we do not often see.

We remember before God all those who are sick in body or in mind, people in hospital, people undergoing difficult treatments.

And we remember before God all those who for a while, have lost those they love and are sad.

We remember all prisoners in their isolation and suffering the world over, especially prisoners of conscience. We thank God for all his mercies to us, for making our lives in this beautiful place, for giving us good food, good homes and good friends. We thank him for the countryside in the summer and for our gardens and fields. We thank him for the gifts of the spirit, books and music.

Sarum Primer (1558)

God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes and in my looking;
God be in my mouth and in my speaking;
God be in my heart and in my thinking
God be at my end, and at my departing

Irish Blessing

May the roads rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again may God hold you in the hollow of his hands.

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.


May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.

Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.

Tis better to buy a small bouquet
And give to your friend this very day,
Than a bushel of roses white and red
To lay on his coffin after he's dead.
May the blessings of each day
Be the blessings you need most.


Life is like a cup of tea,
it's all in how you make it!


We cannot share this sorrow
If we haven't grieved a while.
Nor can we feel another's joy
Until we've learned to smile.

For the test of the heart is trouble
And it always comes with years.
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through the tears.

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

May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.
May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.
May your heart be as light as a song.
May each day bring you bright happy hours,
That stay with you all year long.


For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.


May the blessings of light be upon you,
Light without and light within.
And in all your comings and goings,
May you ever have a kindly greeting
From them you meet along the road.


May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
Slow to make enemies,
And quick to make friends.
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.


Deep peace of the running wave to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the Son of peace to you.

Blessing of light

May the blessing of light be on you,
Light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine upon you and warm your heart
Till it glows like a great fire,
And strangers may warm themselves as well as friends.
And may the light shine out of the eyes of you
Like a candle set in the window of a house,
Bidding the wanderer to come in out of the storm.
May you ever have a kindly greeting for people
As you’re going along the roads.
And now may the Lord bless you,
And bless you kindly.
May God give us the light and glory of heaven. Amen.