Be Though My Vision – Oldest Christian Hymn

Be Though My Vision is considered by many as the oldest known Christian hymn, dating at least from the 8th or the 9th century, if not even the 6th. Here is what David Cole says about it in his book Celtic Lent: 40 Days of Devotions to Easter:

It is thought that the early Irish saint and poet Dallán, also known as Eochaid mac Colla, who died in around 598, may have been the writer of some early form of this hymn, and the words have been chanted by monks from that time onwards. Although we know it best from the version often sung in churches today, versified as a hymn by Eleanor Hull (1860–1935), the original, more literal, translation from which the versified version was taken was written by Mary Byrne (1880–1931).

Watch here one of the best versions I could find on youtube. I hope it will be an encouragement for you at a trying time like this.

Here is the text of the hymn:

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my souls Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor mans empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art
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High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heavens joys, O bright Heavens Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Hannah Rarity – Strong Women Rule Us All With Their Tears

This great song, from the unique voice of beautiful Scottish singer Hannah Rarity, is my tribute to all the great women I had the privilege of meeting in my life. You know who you are. This is for you all!

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Written by Brian McNeill, the song details Brian’s admiration for the life and courage of the famous Scottish historical figure Flora MacDonald, who saved Bonnie Prince Charlie after the civil war of 1745. She was imprisoned for helping him, but then moved to America to live the rest of her life. She later returned to the Isle of Skye, where she passed away. A very strong woman, indeed. Here’s to all women & all they have achieved, all they do and all they will continue to share with the world.

(Please find below the lyrics of this marvelous song.)

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Strong Women Rule Us All With Their Tears

There’s a moment of your story
That has always haunted me
When you set out in yon open boat
To help the poor man flee
Was Charlie Stuart’s future
Already plain to see
Did you know he’d be a waster on his days
If you did, I’d give the world to find
A single tear you cried
From the Cuillins tae the Carolinas
You showed us one and all
The courage you could call
From the tears that would not fall
From your eyes

And after thirty years
After all that you’d been through
Us been marriede haven’ been a
Just a memory to rue
As you watched your husband putting on
His coat of scarlet hue
To go and fight for German Geordie’s crown
But you never tried to hide behind
The dreams of days gone by
From the Cuillins tae the Carolinas
You showed us one and all
The courage you could call
From the tears that would not fall
From your eyes

And there’s times I think I see you
When I find that kind of face
When a woman’s independence
Has kept a woman’s grace
Where confidence and pride
Refuse to know their place
Or hide behind the easy tricks of beauty
For to me your lights are like the chimes
Across the stormy skies
From the Cuillins tae the Carolinas
You showed us one and all
The courage you could call
From the tears that would not fall
From your eyes

From the Cuillins tae the Carolinas
Strong women rule us all
With the courage that they call
When the tears refuse to fall
From their eyes.

(Music and lyrics by Brian McNeill. Inspired by the story of Flora MacDonald, 1722-1790, a figure of Scottish history and of the American Revolution. Source, here.)

 

 

 

Northumbria Community – Kyrie Eleison

Here are the lyrics of this very special Celtic spirit song from the Northumbria Community, around the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, in the north-east of England, at the border with Scotland.

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Empty, broken here I stand – Kyrie eleison
Touch me with your healing hand – Kyrie eleison
Take my arrogance and pride – Kyrie eleison
Wash me in your mercies tide – Kyrie eleison

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison

When my faith has all but gone – Kyrie eleison
Give me strength to carry on – Kyrie eleison
When my dreams have turned to dust – Kyrie eleison
In you, Oh Lord, I put my trust – Kyrie eleison

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison

When my heart is cold as ice – Kyrie eleison
Your love speaks of sacrifice – Kyrie eleison
Love that sets the captives free – Kyrie eleison
Oh pour compassion down on me – Kyrie eleison

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison

You’re the voice that calms my fears – Kyrie eleison
You’re the laughter dries my tears – Kyrie eleison
You’re my music, my refrain – Kyrie eleison
Help me sing your song again – Kyrie eleison

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison

Humble heart of holiness – Kyrie eleison
Kiss me with your tenderness – Kyrie eleison
Jesus faithful friend and true – Kyrie eleison
All I am, I give to you – Kyrie eleison

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison

(Source, HERE)

John O’Donohue – At the End of the Year

year's end

The particular mind of the ocean
Filling the coastline’s longing
With such brief harvest
Of elegant, vanishing waves
Is like the mind of time
Opening us shapes of days.

As this year draws to its end,
We give thanks for the gifts it brought
And how they became inlaid within
Where neither time nor tide can touch them.
Continue reading “John O’Donohue – At the End of the Year”

One photograph | THE ORTHODOX MONASTERY OF ALL CELTIC SAINTS

Source: One photograph | THE ORTHODOX MONASTERY OF ALL CELTIC SAINTS

This is just beautiful.

Enya – Echoes in Rain

Enya – Echoes In Rain (Official Video)
Taken from Enya’s album ‘Dark Sky Island’

A Celtic Prayer for Paris

Prayer for Paris

May we also pray this prayer for Beirut and for Baghdad, at the same time.

Lord have mercy!