Irish Blessings for Thanksgiving

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Grace before a meal
May this food restore our strength,
giving new energy to tired limbs,
and new thoughts to weary minds.
May this drink restore our souls,
giving new vision to dry spirits,
and new warmth to cold hearts.
And once nourished and refreshed,
May we give thanks to Him who
gives us all and makes us blest.
Adapted from an old Irish blessing

In This Irish Home
May these walls be filled with laughter,

may it reach from floor to rafter.
May the roof keep out the rain,
may sunshine warm each windowpane.
And may the door be open wide
to let the Good Lord’s love inside.

Blessing before a meal
Beannaigh sinne, a Dhia.
Beannaigh ár mbia agus ár ndeoch.
ós tú a cheannaigh sinn go daor
Agus a shaor sinn ó olc,
Mar a thug tú an chuid seo dúinn
Go dtuga tú dúinn ár gcuid den ghlóir shíoraí.

Bless us, O God.
Bless our food and our drink.
Since you redeemed us so dearly
and delivered us from evil,
as you gave us a share in this food
so may you give us a share in eternal life.

 

 

Irish Blessings and Irish Sayings for Mothers Day

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“May you always know… The fragrance of flowers, The feel of the sun on your shoulders and always – the warmth of your child’s love.” An Irish Mother’s Blessing

 

 

“There is but one and only one on earth there is no other. In Heaven a noble work was done when God gave man a Mother.” old Irish Saying
“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” ~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895

“God made a wonderful mother, A mother who never grows old: he made her smile of the sunshine, And he molded her heart of gold; In her eyes He placed bright shining stars, In her cheeks fair roses you see; God made a wonderful mother, And He gave that dear mother to me.” ~ Pat O’Reilly, Excerpt from his poem Wonderful Mother

 

“A Mother is one who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” old Irish saying

“Gods most precious work of art is the warmth and love of a Mothers heart.” old Irish saying

Irish Easter Blessing

 

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May God bless you at Easter, and keep you all year through. May God give you all the faith you need, to make your dreams come true. May His love and wisdom always help, to guide you on your way. May His light shine down upon you now, to bless your Easter Day. -Author Unknown

Beannachtaí Ná Cásca oraibh (May the blessings of Easter be on you)

Happy Easter!

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Irish Easter Traditions

Easter is an import religious holiday in Ireland. Ireland has many traditions for celebrating Easter including some of which have derived old Celtic practices having more to do with agricultural calendar. You see Easter falls during spring time coinciding with the Vernal Equinox.  Today Easter preparations begin with the Lenten season and end as many Irish holiday celebrations do with good food, family and lots of chocolate.

Here are some of Ireland’s old Easter traditions:

Irish Easter Preparations:

Let the Spring cleaning begin. Time to clean your house thoroughly inside and out or in Ireland if you had a thatched cottage it would be timeeaster ijc to apply the whitewash.

Like here in the states you would shop for new clothes for Easter or your Sundays best.

Good Friday Irish Traditions and Superstitions:

The Irish say if you die on this Good Friday, you go directly to heaven.

Remain quiet from noon until 3pm.

A child born on Good Friday and baptized on Easter Sunday will have the gift of healing.

All chicken eggs laid on Good Friday are marked with a Celtic cross and are to be eaten on Easter Sunday.

Easter Saturday:

Go to church and have holy water blessed. Drink three sips of holy water for good luck and sprinkle everything, including family members and farm animals for good luck.

Easter Sunday:

Get up at sunrise and do a celebration dance. Gather your family and go to a hilltop to see the sunrise. Catholics believed that this is the Savior rising from his grave.

Give colored eggs as gifts to family and friends.

Celebrate Easter Sunday with a large Irish family feast, traditionally, leek soup and roast lamb.

Irish Easter Traditions

Easter is an import religious holiday in Ireland. Ireland has many traditions for celebrating Easter including some which have derived old Celtic practices having more to do with agricultural calendar. You see Easter falls during spring time coinciding with the Vernal Equinox.  Today Easter preparations begin with the Lenten season and end as many Irish holiday celebrations do with good food, family and lots of chocolate.

Here are some of Ireland’s old Easter traditions:

Irish Easter Preparations:

Let the Spring cleaning begin. Time to clean your house thoroughly inside and out or in Ireland if you had a thatched cottage it would be time to apply the whitewash.

Like here in the states you would shop for new clothes for Easter or your Sundays best.

Good Friday Irish Traditions and Superstitions:

The Irish say if you die on this Good Friday, you go directly to heaven.

Remain quiet from noon until 3pm.

A child born on Good Friday and baptized on Easter Sunday will have the gift of healing.

All chicken eggs laid on Good Friday are marked with a Celtic cross and are to be eaten on Easter Sunday.

Easter Saturday:

Go to church and have holy water blessed. Drink three sips of holy water for good luck and sprinkle everything, including family members and farm animals for good luck.

Easter Sunday:

Get up at sunrise and do a celebration dance. Gather your family and go to a hilltop to see the sunrise. Catholics believed that this is the Savior rising from his grave.

Give colored eggs as gifts to family and friends.

Celebrate Easter Sunday with a large Irish family feast, traditionally, leek soup and roast lamb.