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Very nice prayer, thank you.

I think what you wrote is very good. Looking through my library last night, I found the following:
I found the following resources:
Prayers and blessings for sick in The Glenstal book of Prayer:
May the King of Sunday, my doctor
And Mary my physician in my illness,
and the holy cross, grant that without too great sorrow
I/you shall be parted from my illness.
(prayer by Richard Butler, 15th cent Anglo Norman poet


A chapter on St Winifrede (Patroness for Wounds and Healing) and healing in Holy Companions (formerly Praying with Celtic Saints)

Healing service in the Iona Abbey Worship Book

A service for Healing in A Celtic Liturgy

A chapter on healing in Every Earthly Blessing

From Carmina Gadelica
Thou, my soul’s healer,
Keep me at even,
Keep me at morning
Keep me at noon,
On a rough course faring,
Help and safeguard
My means this night.
I am tired, astray, and stumbling,
Shield Thou me from snare and sin.

I like the reflection on Celtic prayer, especially the Trinitarian emphasis. This is what I find most attractive in the Celtic prayers.

What you have said about the chant intrigues me. Clearly the monastic culture would have fostered chant in Ireland. When you say the chant was a holdover from the druids are you speaking about the particular form of chant? If so, how is it different from or similar to Gregorian or Eastern Orthodox chant?

****chant was a poor choice of words, though I do think the druids did such a thing. I was referring more to cadence than musical notation. For the druids, as for other ancients, words had power and were said in particular ways in order to effect a change in something. Clearly, the Christian Celts felt the same. Just read these ancient prayers out loud and you will hear what I mean.

Thanks for the beautiful prayer for healing.
Okay if I use it this Sunday to close the congregation's pastoral prayers?

****Sure Jeff and God bless you in your ministry.

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