A Rune Before Prayer (Rann Romh Urnuigh)

I am bending my knee

In the eye of the Father who created me,

In the eye of the Son who purchased me,

In the eye of the Spirit who cleansed me,

In friendship and affection.

Through Thine own Anointed One, O God,

Bestow upon us fullness in our need,

Love towards God,

The affection of God,

The smile of God,

The wisdom of God.

The grace of God,

The fear of God,

And the will of God

To do on the world of the Three,

As angels and saints

Do in heaven;

Each shade and light,

Each day and night,

Each time in kindness,

Give Thou us Thy Spirit.

*Traditional Scottish Gaelic prayer first collected and published in 1899 by Alexander Carmichael in Carmina Gadelica right before the death of an oral tradition of prayers and stories that were passed down in Scotland for hundreds of years. This prayer was usually sung/chanted first thing in the morning before prayer. Carmichael witnessed men and women 80, 90, and 100 years old walk 1-2 miles to a solitary place by a lee or the ocean to sing this prayer, "joining their voices with the song of the ocean."


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