“May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now,
And bless you evermore.”
I am a woman who loves quotes and positive sayings, so I love to read Irish and St. Patrick’s Day Blessings. I remember the year I forgot it was St. Patrick’s Day…. fourth grade… March 17th…I walked into the classroom and forgot to wear green! Someone shouted it out and everyone tried to pinch me! I was a sensitive child that liked to be prepared, so of course I did what any fourth grader would do, I told my teacher I didn’t feel well! The teacher smiled and said, “I put green construction paper and markers on the craft table. You can make a shamrock or other symbol to wear for the day.” My fourth grade teacher was a wise woman!
In researching St. Patrick’s Day, I learned from Wikipedia that, “Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland.”
In the U.S, this holiday has become mainly a secular day to celebrate the Irish and Irish American culture. People attend parades, festivals, and parties in green attire and often eat foods of the same color! We think of symbols such as shamrocks and leprechauns, and songs like, “Danny Boy”.
The Irish culture has been known for their gift of perfecting blessings and toasts and many are used today at weddings and other gatherings. On St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll hear people sharing an Irish Blessing with one another- it’s a way to spread kind words and good cheer. This blessing will be a day late, but I hope you will receive the message of this traditional Irish Blessing:
“May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,
May a 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.”
Do you have an Irish Blessing to share? Leave it in the comment section below.