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Irish Wedding Blessings

May God go with you and bless you,

May you see your children`s children,

May you be poor in misfortune and rich in blessings,

May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.

May joy and peace surround you both,

Contentment latch your door,

And happiness be with you now

And God Bless you Evermore.

May you live you life with trust, And

nurture lifelong affection,

May your lifelong dreams come true for you,

Move ever that direction.




May the light of friendship guide your paths together,

May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.

May the joy of living for each other trip a smile from your lips, a

twinkle from your eye.

And when eternity beckons,

at the end of the life heaped high with love,

May the good Lord embrace you with the arms that have nurtured you

the whole length of your joy-filled days.

May the gracious God hold you both in the palm of His hands.

And, today, may the Spirit of Love find a dwelling place in your hearts.

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Irish Blessings


May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.


May joy and peace surround you, contentment latch your door.
And happiness be with you now 
and bless you evermore.


May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours.


May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.


May your troubles be less and your blessing be more.
And nothing but happiness,
come through your door.


Always remember to forget the troubles that pass away. But never forget to remember the blessings that come each day.



Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty through
 Christ our Lord. Amen. – The

Bless us O God, as we sit together. Bless the food we eat today. Bless the hands that made the food. Bless us O God, Amen.



From the Breastplate of St. Patrick – Christ be with me. Christ before me. Christ behind me. Christ in me. Christ beneath me. Christ above me. Christ on my right. Christ on my left. Christ where I lie. Christ where I sit. Christ where I arise. Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me. Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me. Christ in every eye that sees me. Christ in every ear that hears me. Salvation is of the Lord.


The Salve Regina (also known as Hail Holy Queen) – Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

V: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God

R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


The Fatima Prayer – Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.


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Gratitude, Appreciation and Praise

A few years ago a  group of studies was carried out: the “Family Strengths Research Project” It identified six qualities that make for strong families. The first quality and one of the most important to be found in strong families was the quality of appreciation. Families that are strong are strong in part, it was discovered, because family members express to each other their appreciation for what the other members DO and for who they ARE.

In a similar study another researcher looked into the effect of praise in the workplace. His study showed that the ratio of praise to criticism in the workplace needs to be four to one before employees feel that there is a balance – that there must be four times as much praise as there is criticism before they feel good about their work and about the environment they work in. That is pretty staggering information – information that tells us that if we want to do something good, that if we want to have a healthy family, a strong workplace, or any other effective group that we need to be sure that appreciation, praise, and thanksgiving are heard at least four times as often as is criticism. Praise and thanksgiving are important – and not just to our families and our workplaces, but in the end important to us as individuals before God.

God asks us for our thanksgiving – whether we feel like making it or not – so that we might experience the blessings it brings – blessings it brings to us, and blessings it brings to others.. Look around you – find that which is good and thank God for it – find that which is caring and thank God and the person who is doing it – look around – look inside – look outside – and think on that which is noble and true and beautiful and express your praise for it – express it no matter what the bad or the ugly may be up to.. God is hid in the ordinary routine events of our life – our practice of thank-giving will bring him to our sight and in so doing bring to others and ourselves a better world. 

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The Meenister’s Log

There’s a lovely prayer: “journeying mercies” – it was used by Trinidadians to wish someone a safe journey – like “Godspeed”.

I was often asked to bless new cars when I lived in Trinidad.  Rather than doing this exactly to the letter, I tended to ask a blessing upon the driver instead: that he/she would be safe behind the wheel, that they would be careful and courteous drivers…. and that indeed they would always have journeying mercies.

Obviously, the Almighty turned a bit of a deaf ear to these intercessions, as the Trinis drive like Lewis Hamilton on speed (sic), totally ignoring all rules of the road.

(Which brings me to my dear wife, the wonderfully named Ramraj Parmararsingh (whom I noticed from the Trinidad Guardian died in January of this year – 2012), and the church car.

Mr Singh was a driving instructor, but, having been offered a very good price for his car – the tool of his trade – he sold it… only to discover that there was a three month waiting list to get a new one.

So, with permission and appropriate insurance – and “journeying mercies” of course, they set off on their first lesson

Helen appeared back at our house in about half and hour and very calmly announced that the car was a near write-off; she’d crashed it into a wall.

Luckily, no one was injured – but neither Mr Singh nor myself had any transport for the next couple of months).


Anyhow, there’s a lovely little church in Trinidad at a place called Arouca.  One felt blessed to get there in one piece, having negotiated fifteen miles of the Churchill- Roosevelt Highway from Port of Spain.  Heidbangers to the left,; heidbangers to the right – what highway code?  Overtake on whichever sided gives you the opportunity to put the foot down.

Maybe my prayers did work, as they all thought that they were protected by the Almighty!)

Arouca’s church was only two years old when I arrived on the Island.  It had been a labour of love to build a replacement for an older structure which had long been demolished (by one of my “blessed” drivers?)

The little congregation was rightly proud of its achievement, and set about with manic zeal to improve the amenities of their bloved place of worship.

It seemed to be every second week that I was asked to be blessing or dedicating a new organ, a P.A.system, even a tarmac car park (look out!  here’s another driver roaring into the car park at 70 miles an hour!)

But the best was yet to come – the blessing of the BELL

And that story will appear in the next post on


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