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  • Today, 17th March is St Patrick's Day. The prayer that follows is dedicated to the wonderful Irish nuns who taught me in Sacred Heart Convent, Yercaud, Tamil Nadu so many decades ago, also to my family and my new family of Cowbirds.

    This Irish prayer has been narrated by Roma Downey. The words and music are by Phil Coulter. The song is hauntingly beautiful although I can't make out what language it is in - probably Gaelic. I'm sorry I was not able to add the music but you could listen to it on Andie'sIsle website.

    May the blessings of light be upon you
    Light on the outside and light on the inside
    With God's sunlight shining on you
    May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes
    Like a candle in the window
    Welcoming the weary traveller.
    May the blessing of God's soft rain
    Be upon you, falling gently on your head.
    May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you
    carrying the rain to wash your spirit clear.
    May the blessing of God's earth be on you;
    And as you walk the roads
    May you always have a kind word for those you meet.

    May you understand the strength and power of God
    In a thunderstorm in winter
    And the quiet beauty of creation
    And the calm of a summer sunset
    And may you come to realize that
    Insignificant as you may seem in this great universe
    You are an important part of God's plan
    May He watch over you and keep you safe.

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