An Irish Welcome

Céad Míle Fáilte friend and rover ...
Wherever you come from and whosoever you may be.
That's an Irish greeting and it means

you are welcome
a thousand times over.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Heavenly Father

O Lord, my Heavenly father and my sweetest Christ,
Your holy name I will never forget,
Your holy name I can never deny, Alleluia.



You who decended to us as a tiny infant,
Place in my heart holy fear,
Place holy fear of You in my heart, Alleluia.


And when sleep calls me at the closure of the day,
My deeds remind me, for that day,
My deeds remind me, for that day, Alleluia.


And when that hour calls, the hour of death,
Take me there to the heavens, close to You,
Take me there to the heavens, to be with you, Alleluia.


There high, high in the heavens in the city of the angels,
So we can chant Your hymn, after the archangels,
So we can chant Your hymn, after the archangels, Alleluia.


My Lady and my Mistress, my Comfortress,
Whenever my heart requests you to be there, you reach out to me my Queen,
Whenever I call on you, my Queen you are there, Alleluia.


Help us, oh purest one, we are praying Mother!
Protect us Mistress, protect us day and night,
Protect us Mistress, protect us day and night, Alleluia.


Spotless One, Maria, thank you Queen of All,
You are the bearer of humanities salvation,
You are the bearer of humanities salvation, Alleluia.


We plead with you, give us in that hour,
The glory of God so we can rest and receive our gifts of virtue,
The glory of God so we can rest and receive our gifts of virtue, Alleluia.

~ Vasiliki, Melbourne, 10th October 2009.

St Nilus the Ascetic on Prayer:

- "Do not avoid poverty and sorrow, because they make prayer seem lighter. ..."

- "Prayer is the ascent of the mind towards God. It is a spiritual labour that befits the human mind more than any other preoccupation."

- "Prayer is born from meekness and the lack of anger that brings to the soul joy and pleasure; it protects man from sorrow and depression."

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