An ancient Gaelic prayer

"Iona Cross" by rompus

May it be so for you,

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 gentle night to you.

Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.

Deep peace of the Light of the World to you.

There are various versions of this ancient Gaelic prayer, including one translated by Caitlin Matthews and sung by Donovan; this beautiful one came to me via poet Robert McDowell. “Iona Cross” © 2010 by rompus; the photograph is from the website and is used under a Creative Commons license. It depicts a Celtic cross at the cemetery in the Gaelic chapel ruins in Cromarty, Black Isle, Scotland.


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One Response to An ancient Gaelic prayer

  1. Bren Murphy says:

    It is moving to come across this only a day after hearing it so beautifully recited at a funeral. I must confess I hadn’t heard it before. Now I know, and the reading seems even more beautiful.
    Lovely photo.

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