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.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

With sadness of heart ...

I retreat into your embrace,
most Holy Queen and Mother of God,
save me.

Encompassed about with strifes and wars on every side
from visible foes and them that are invisible,
I cry out with fervour to you:
O Lady, You who are Quick to Hear,
break these darts with your mighty strength
and grant me thy supplicant a peaceful life.

Worthless though I am,
how, O Quick to Hear and Queen of all,
shall I dare to look on your all-spotless form
with these sinful eyes defiled by gazing on ungodly things?

Yet, this wretched and worthless servant has no one else,
no protection, help or refuge besides You;
With all my heart, O pure Lady,
I am crying to You: Deliver Thy sacred and holy flock
and all with faith who flee to you,
from all danger, distress and adversity.

O immaculate Mary Quick to Hear;
so wondrously now open
our ears of soul and body,
that we also might sing the praise
of all thine august and wonderful works.


  1. Just as my sadness pierced my heart, the heavens opened up in Melbourne and it rained (it is raining); a deep and sorrowful rain ... comforting.

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