A Prayer for the Dying by Jack Higgins
Everyone has demons to overcome, but Martin Fallon has more than most. A ruthless hitman and executioner for the IRA, Fallon is haunted by a mistake that led to the explosion of a school bus full of children. When he’s threatened by the sadistic Meehan brothers, Fallon must agree to one last hit. But this time there’s a witness: a priest named Father De Costa. And when everyone else wants the Father dead, Fallon is determined to protect him, to earn redemption from his life of crime and forgiveness for the blood on his hands.
"AN IRISH PRAYER" CORO ENSEMBLE - SAN BARTOLOMEO IN TUTO PER SAN ZANOBI
Irish blessings and prayers for funerals
May those who love us, love us; and those who don't love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn't turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles, so we'll know them by their limping. Source: My Dad received this via e-mail from a friend in Ireland. Author unknown. Death is nothing at all. It does not count.
Christ be with me, be after me, be before me, and be at my right and left hand. May everything I do be for Christ. God bless the corners of this house And be the lintel blessed. Bless the hearth, the table too And bless each place of rest. Bless each door that opens wide To stranger, kith and kin; Bless each shining window-pane That lets the sunshine in. Bless the roof-tree up above Bless every solid wall. The peace of Man, the peace of love, The peace of God on all.
There are Gaelic and old Irish blessings for every occasion whether a funeral, wedding or birthday. I have put together a list of general, traditional and short blessings just for every day use. While many of these old blessings petition or request the help or intervention of God in some way, it does not always mean that the person saying them regards him or herself as being very religious. These blessings, whether in Gaelic or English, were the way Irish people had of expressing hope, desire for a better future and solidarity with their family, friends and neighbours. A word of warning, I include an approximate pronunciation of some Gaelic blessings. Just remember that 'ch' in Gaelic is like the 'ch' in 'loch', not as in chalk.
Blessings and prayers are just one of the ways that some Irish heal from the death of a loved one at a funeral. A thoughtful word or two for our loved ones is always something to be encouraged, especially in times of loss and grief. When somebody we care about passes, one of the few things we have control over during the difficult time is the words we choose to broadcast in their honor. I have only slipped away to the next room. Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ. Are there any special blessings or prayers that have helped you?
A group of women normally bathe the body and prepare their clothing. The deceased is normally viewed in the best home of the kitchen rather it be the living room or even kitchen. Additional traditions include the covering of mirrors, ceasing the time on clocks, and placing candles above the head. After the funeral, the Irish like to typically head to the pub. The following collection of Irish blessings for funerals can be shared during the time of the deceased celebration. Christ be with me, be after me, be before me, and be at my right and left hand. May everything I do be for Christ.