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Friday, 20 September 2013

Sepia Saturday - The Peace of a A Gaelic Blessing

Sepia Saturday gives bloggers an opportunity to share their family history and memories though photographs.
The idea of featuring a poem, a prayer or a choir to reflect this week's theme of Peace had never occurred to me until I read this week's Sepia Saturday post. 

This beautiful Gaelic Blessing  immediately came into my mind
There are several blessings with their origins in the Gaelic language of Scotland.  Probably the best   known is  "Deep peace of the running wave to you".   its gentle words have been set to music by modern composer John Rutter, most famous for his arrangements of Christmas carols.

You can hear the blessing sung HERE  on TV's "Song's of Praise" from Chester Cathedral.  
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the gentle night to you.
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.
Deep peace of Christ,
Of Christ the light of the world to you.
Deep peace of Christ to you.
"Deep peace of the running waves"
The Isle of Iona in the Western Isles  


"Deep peace of the flowing air to you"
Approaching the Isle of Arran

 "Deep peace of the quiet earth"

Cowdenknowes Wood, Earlston in the Scottish Borders

Deep peace of the gentle night to you"
Sunset over Hawick in the Scottish Borders 

"Deep peace of Christ to you"
Celtic Cross on the Isle of Iona.

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Photographs - Copyright © 2013 · Susan Donaldson.  All Rights Reserved



  1. I enjoyed your illustration of the blessing

  2. I've sung this piece by Rutter with two of the choruses I sing with. The words are beautiful and so is the melody. And the photos you chose to accompany are beautiful as well. A lovely post!

  3. What a nice combination of words and images.

  4. Very soothing and peace-making.

  5. Memories of the children in my school singing this - thank you Sue, beautifully illustrated- and pitched just right for the theme.

  6. Lovely. In our busy lives we forget to stop and appreciate the "Deep peace" of everyday nature.

  7. I really like the words and then you did a great job of matching photos with them.


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