A Wish for a Friend
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers-
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours-
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
Said during thunder and lightening...
O Lord, be between us and harm and protect us
from the harm of the world.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Bless This House
Bless this house, O Lord, we pray,
Make it safe by night and day.
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out.
Bless this roof and chimney tall,
Let thy peace lie over all.
Bless the doors that they may prove,
Ever open to joy and love.
Bless the windows shining bright,
Letting in God's heavenly light.
Bless the hearth a-blazing there,
With smoke ascending like a prayer.
Bless the people here within...
Keep them pure and free from sin.
Bless us all, that one day, we
May be fit, O Lord, to dwell with Thee.
An Old Irish Blessing
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!
An Old Celtic Blessing
May the blessing of light be on you-
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart till it glows
like a great peat fire.
An Irish Toast
May neighbors respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And heaven accept you.
Many thanks and blessings to Edward Dullard of Kilkeny, Ireland, for his kind permission to use these images. "May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart, and warmed by the smiles of the people you love."