04 January 2012

A Prayer for the New Year


God and Father-Mother of our Savior Jesus Christ,
whose years never fail
and whose mercies are new each returning day:
let the radiance of your Spirit renew our lives,
warming our hearts and giving light to our minds;
that we may pass the coming year
in joyful obedience and firm faith;
through the one who is the beginning and the end,
your Child, Christ our Savior,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Amen.

01 January 2012

The Blessing of the New Year


GOD, bless to me the new day,
Never vouchsafed to me before;
It is to bless Thine own presence
Thou hast given me this time, O God.

Bless Thou to me mine eye,
May mine eye bless all it sees;
I will bless my neighbour,
May my neighbour bless me.

God, give me a clean heart,
Let me not from sight of Thine eye;
Bless to me my children and my wife,
And bless to me my means and my cattle.



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This poem was repeated the first thing on the first day of the year. It was common throughout the Highlands and Islands.