A HYMN OF GRATITUDE …
Generous, gracious, Creator God,
We thank you for bursting into our lives and drawing us together on this
journey of hope and promise.
In your Wisdom you have challenged us to work with you in creative,
responsible ways to nurture the unfolding of this Universe. Your extravagant
Love holds us all in process.
We thank you for the gift of the joy and communion we have shared and for
opening wide our hearts and minds.
We praise and stand in awe of your magnificent glory in creation and for the
interconnectedness of the whole universe – from molten rocks to butterfly
wings, from dinosaurs to birds, from baby cries to symphonies, from the first
explosion of gases to the air we breathe – the very same air that Jesus
We saw your glory in sunshine and rain, moonlight and wind, as we travelled
along the roads.
We grasped the flame to take with us forever.
This beautiful country holds deeps in it’s – stones … wells … ruins … fires … and
crosses… – deep eternal truths which have touched us and called to our souls.
Together we pray that your never-ending stream of grace may flow over us like
healing water and shape our lives.
The yearning in our hearts has grown and been strengthened by the
continuous, abundant, outpouring of Godself manifesting in so many
wonderful and diverse ways. Our yearning, our longing, our living will always
be restless until we rest in the infinite, original spot of universal wholeness –
Phil, Madeleva, Marcia, Carmel B
ECHOES OF GOD
… in the ground of our BEING
… in the stillness/silence of our hearts
… in the murmuring of the stream
… in the dancing, swaying branches
… in the never ending ripple of the rivers
… in the harmony of the bells calling us to prayer
… ever ANCIENT ever NEW
… in the nagging tiresome voice within, which pushes/entices us onwards
… in the magnetic mysticism of High Crosses
Echoes of God … Echoes of God … Echoes of God … Echoes of God
Marlene Gen Liz Monica K
May the God of stillness be with you
May the power of the rock support you
May the silence of the Abbey give you peace
May the riches of the earth revive you
May the beauty of the landscape widen your heart and expand your spirit
May you lean on the strength of the oak tree, and drink in the beauty of each new day.
May the spring waters refresh and heal you.
May the strength of the cross sustain you in life’s journey
As the Trinity enfolds you.
May the lived experience of Brigid, Patrick and Kevin be your inspiration.
Gerard, Martina, Maggie, Joanna, Monica M
– God of new beginnings and never endings
May the blue canopy above us enfold us in its mantle of hope.
– Haunting reality of wind and rain in dark places
Encircle our lives with love.
– Merciful giver of newness within the cracks of life
Bless us all with silent peace and wonder
– God give us lasting memory of this wondrous, pilgrim journey.
Noelene, Denise, Anne, Carmel, Maureen
May the silent loving of the mystery of God surround us and bring us to full potential
As the egg grows into the splendid swan,
As the tiny acorn grows into the awesome oak,
As the simple bulb grows into the tall tulip,
As the crawling caterpillar grows into the brilliant butterfly
May the silent loving of self surround me and bring me to my full potential
As I accept the past is gone,
The future is out of my control, and
I can only be present in the moment,
As I speak gentle and loving worlds to my soul:
As I let my light shine I step out into the darkness of pathways of difference
May the silent loving of one another surround us and bring us to full potential
As the extended hands welcome the solitary stranger
As the tender touch brings healing to the hurting soul
As the listening ear brings comfort and consolation
As the warmth of the strangers smile brings love and lasting joy
As it take in the breath of the universe,
I breathe out …. LOVE!
Chris, Juliana, Mary, Lauretta and Mike
A CELTIC PRAYER
May the love and peace of God that we share with our Celtic Ancestors fell on you.
Like the shower of sunlight that brings life to the river.
May your life’s journey continue
With its light and shadows
With its hopes and dreams
May the deep valleys and high mountain tops
Reach out to hold your hands
When you face difficulties in your life’s journey
Any may you merge into the rhythm of nature
Awakened to the gentle whisperings of God in the water, fire, air and earth
May Mary, Patrick, Brigid and Columba and all other Celtic Saints intercede for you
As you continue this pilgrimage journey
And may the Trinity
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Hold you with compassion
And shield you in loving embrace
Alice, Jim, Anita, Helen and Maud
Ever living, ever faithful, ever present God
Encircling us, journeying with us, waiting for us
God, who is both our refuge and our rock
Help us to remember the stones of our being
Sacred stone, stone enduring
Stones of silence, stones of despair
Stones that speak to us
Bleak stones, comforting stones
Stones of sign and symbol
Stones of generations, cared with intent
Devotion, love, memory, service
Stones that form a pathway for the journey ahead
A journey as yet undefined
Yet a journey of the spirit
May we draw deeply from our well
And open our hearts to light the fire
And kindle the flame inside
So that we may be all we are created to be.
Esther De Waal