Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills.
Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers. Genesis 49:26 (NIV)
Continuing on with the Scottish graces and blessings:
May the Blessing of Light Be on You
May the blessing of light be on you – light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire,
so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it.
And may light shine out of the two eyes of you,
like a candle set in the window of a house,
bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm.
And may the blessing of the rain be on you,
may it beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there a shining pool where the blue of heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.
And may the blessing of the earth be on you,
soft under your feet as you pass along the roads,
soft under you as you lie out on it,
tired at the end of the day;
and may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it.
May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly;
up and off and on its way to God.
And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly.
Gaelic Wedding Blessing
Mile failte dhuit le d’bhre/id,
Fad do re/ gun robh thu slan.
Mo/ran laithean dhuit is sith,
Le d’mhaitheas is le d’ni bhi fas.
A thousand welcomes to you with your marriage kerchief,
may you be healthy all your days.
May you be blessed with long life and peace,
may you grow old with goodness,
and with riches.
Rev. Donald MacLeod, minister of Duirinish, Skye, 1760.
May the Hills Lie Low
May the hills lie low,
May the sloughs fill up,
In Thy way.
May all evil sleep,
May all good awake,
In Thy way.
Source – Phyllis A. Whitney
A Gaelic Prayer
Slainte mhor agus a h-uile beannachd duibh
Good health and every good blessing to you!
A Final Blessing
Lang may your lum reek.
Long may your chimney smoke.