A Celtic Blessing – For Those in Need

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May God give you

For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.

For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Rugaciune celtica de invocare a Sfantului Duh

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Duhule Sfânt, puterea ta
Să fie-mprejurarea mea,
Supunere să-mi fie dragostea.

Când totul este glorie în cer
Şi gândul meu atât de efemer,
iar slava este-n fiecare zi,
Tu roua strălucirii să ne fii.

(Prelucrare, Ionatan Piroşca)

O veche binecuvantare celtica

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Fă-ne tu drum şi în pământ şi-n ape
Cu pavăza-n urcuş ne fii aproape.
Când de vreo piatră ne vom poticni
Eu ştiu că din cădere tu ne vei sui.
Când răul lumii e ca ‘nalţii munţi,
Tu cântecul de slavă ni-l asculţi.

Amin!

(Prelucrare, Ionatan Pirosca)

Spiritual friendship

A man is to be compared to a beast if he has no one to rejoice with him in adversity, no one to whom to unburden his mind if any annoyance crosses his path or with whom to share some unusually sublime or illuminating inspiration… He is entirely alone who is without a friend. Continue reading “Spiritual friendship”

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Cristos, eşti lumina ce-o ard,
Făclie îmi eşti peste nopţi.
Cu scutul ca mirul de nard
Mă ungi şi mă porţi.

Într-o palmă-ţi adăst,
Cu cealaltă mă strângi
Cum cloşca puii la sine…
Îţi mlţumesc că nu mă alungi
De lângă tine.

Eşti totul în mine şi îmi eşti împrejur
Ca un smerit şi blând al meu contur.
Deplin şi sfânt stăpân atotputernic
Fii între noi cuvântul cel cucernic.

Într-o palmă-ţi adăst,
Cu cealaltă mă strângi
Cum cloşca puii la sine…
Îţi mlţumesc că nu mă alungi
De lângă tine.

Cristos, eşti lumina ce-o ard,
Făclie îmi eşti peste nopţi.
Cu scutul ca mirul de nard
Mă ungi şi mă porţi.

Amin!

[Celtic Daily Prayer. Northumbria Community]

Binecuvantare

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Ia pacea sa, când pleci pe undeva
Trimis de Domnul să trăieşti în ea.

Si prin pustie de vei trece, prin furtuni,
Sub paza sa mereu să te aduni. Continue reading “Binecuvantare”

Afirmarea credintei

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Deşi sărac, nu mi-a lipsit vreodată
În ziuă pâinea zilei ce-o veni.
Nu am şi nu avea-voi bogăţii,
Dar tot voi crede pân la capăt, Tată!
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Deşi prea slab, mi-ai dat întotdeauna
Putere din lumini şi răsărit.
Cu pasul tău pe mare ai venit
Când nu am mai putut răbda furtuna. Continue reading “Afirmarea credintei”

Rugaciune de seara (Aidan Compline)

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+ (în tăcere)

*O, Crist, tu, Fiule divin,

fie ca somnu-ne îngeri să-mbie,
ca ei să ne vegheze odihna, să fie,
şi să plutească pe al nost cămin.

Continue reading “Rugaciune de seara (Aidan Compline)”

Christmas Eve

By the word of our Lord the heavens were made
By the spirit of our Lord was life begun
By the wisdom of our Lord his laws were laid
By the love of our Lord was born his Son
By the grace of our Lord mankind was saved
By the power of our Lord the victory was won

Lord of the Dance

Perichoresis

I dedicate this song to my dear mourning friend Emil Bartos

Lord of the Dance

words by Sydney Carter, music traditional

I danced in the morning when the world was begun
I danced in the Moon & the Stars & the Sun
I came down from Heaven & I danced on Earth
At Bethlehem I had my birth:

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said He!
(…lead you all in the Dance, said He!)

Continue reading “Lord of the Dance”

A Celtic Epitaph

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there… I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow…
I am the diamond glints on snow…
I am the sunlight on ripened grain…
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you waken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of gentle birds in circling flight…
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there… I did not die…

St Cuthbert

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Saint Cuthbert, the wonderworker of Britain, was born in Northumbria around 634. Very little information has come down to us about Cuthbert’s early life, but there is a remarkable story of him when he was eight.

As a child, Cuthbert enjoyed games and playing with other children. He could beat anyone his own age, and even some who were older, at running, jumping, wrestling, and other exercises. One day he and some other boys were amusing themselves by standing on their heads with their feet up in the air. A little boy who was about three years old chided Cuthbert for his inappropriate behavior. “Be sensible,” he said, “and give up these foolish pranks.”

Continue reading “St Cuthbert”

Happy St Patrick’s Day! – St Patrick’s Breastplate

St Patrick’s Breastplate

I rise today
in the power’s strength,
invoking the Trinity,
believing in threeness,
confessing the oneness,
of creation’s Creator.

Continue reading “Happy St Patrick’s Day! – St Patrick’s Breastplate”

Rugaciune de Advent

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John Barron, For unto You

*O, Dumnezeul celor care veghează,
Dă-ne binecuvântarea ta.

*O, Dumnezeul celor care aşteaptă,
Dă-ne un cuvânt bun pentru sufletele noastre.

*O, Dumnezeul celor care veghează,
Al celor care aşteaptă,
Al celor înceţi şi suferinzi,
Dă-ne binecuvântarea ta,
Dă-ne un cuvânt bun pentru sufletele noastre,
Ca să avem odihnă.

*O, Dumnezeul celor care veghează,
Al celor care aşteaptă,
Al celor înceţi şi suferinzi, Dă-ne binecuvântarea ta,

*Al îngerilor din ceruri

*Al pruncului din pântec,

Dă-ne binecuvântarea ta
Dă-ne un cuvânt bun pentru sufletele noastre,
Ca să avem odihnă şi să ne putem trezi
În bunătatea prezenţei tale.

(Din Celtic Daily Prayer, Northumbria Community.
Strofele cu asterisc * se citesc pe rând de câte un participant la rugăciune.
Textul în aldine se citeşte în cor de către toţi cei prezenţi.)

A Celtic Advent Liturgy

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This is the last day of the Advent, the time of the year when, symbolically, liturgically and mystically, we await for the coming of the Lord.

I offer you today a little gift, from the richness of the Celtic spiritual tradition. (Upon request, I could send to those interested a power point version of this presentation.)

This Advent liturgy was inspired by a wonderful worship resource called Cloth for the Cradle, authored by John Bell and produced by Wild Goose Publications (for some reason, this link  is difficult to access at this time, but their resources are also available through Amazon.com), Wild Goose is the publishing arm of the Iona Community. I encourage you to explore this and other such resources produced by this most amazing worship leader I have ever met.

I mean John Bell, that you can see here in a typical pose, as he leads people in singing. I bet he can make any group sing almost any song, as complicated as it may be in less than five minutes.

It is worth visiting the mirific island of Iona, just to participate in a liturgy whene woprship is let by John Bell.

And, now, here is our little Celtic Advent liturgy. Enjoy and use freely. Continue reading “A Celtic Advent Liturgy”

O veche binecuvântare celtică

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O, Doamne, liberează pentru noi orice cărare.
O, Doamne, protejează pentru noi orice urcuş;
De ne vom poticni, ne sprijineşte;
De vom cădea, să ne ridici.
Când răul ne-nconjoară, tu ne scapă;
Şi du-ne-apoi în slava ta.

Amin!