Like many of the holidays we celebrate throughout the year, Saint Patrick’s Day is deeply rooted in Christianity. Traditionally an Irish holiday, Saint Patrick was actually a British Bishop who baptized thousands in Ireland. His good work is honored each year on March 17 all over the world. This year to help your family bring back some of the Christian emphasis to the holiday, here are some Irish prayers and blessings that you can say together on March 17 and throughout the rest of the year.
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.
Irish Marriage Blessing
May God be with you and bless you. May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
An Irish Gaelic Christening Blessing for Children
Dearest Father in Heaven,
Bless this child and bless this day of new beginnings.
Smile upon this child and surround this child, Lord,
With the soft mantle of your love. Teach this child to follow in your footsteps,
And to live life in the ways of love, faith, hope and charity.
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 the 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 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.
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.
Looking for more Christian ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day this year? Check out the inspirational movie, “Patrick.” This short documentary shares the true history behind the story of Saint Patrick, which has been obscured by legend for centuries.