A Gaelic Blessing

Welcome to Classical Sunday.

I’ll say right off that I would never have wished for the global pandemic. It is horrible to know that so many people have suffered and died, many alone, and countless peoples’ health and livelihoods are still under threat. Our family and friends have remained healthy, and we hope to continue to be this fortunate. 

The silver lining of this time has been, and continues to be, the new friendships we’ve made with some beautiful, soulful and fun people in the USA through the various activities and programs we’ve participated in through Zoom. These are lasting friendships, and I cannot wait to meet face-to-face with our new friends someday when it is safe to travel again.

Today, Sweety and I attended a religious ceremony held on Zoom, honouring one of our newfound friends (one with whom we have met up at every online program we have attended!). It was lovely to be invited to witness our friend reach a milestone in his long spiritual journey and for us to be so openly welcomed by his community.

I was searching for a piece of music that I felt would be meaningful to mark this occasion. While today’s selection isn’t of a language or faith related to today’s ritual, the words and sentiment surely are:

“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.”

(“A Gaelic Blessing,” by John Rutter)

As I listened to the audio, Sweety said, “Ah, ‘A Gaelic Blessing,’” and proceeded to sing some of the words (she sang soprano in a church choir for many years, knows many pieces, and can sing a descant that makes you feel like you are being lifted up to paradise). The recording of the blessing is conducted by the composer, John Rutter, leading the City of London Sinfonia and The Cambridge Singers.

Today’s post comes with love, admiration and gratitude for our new friend, and blessings on him as he continues to serve the world and people with his kindness, wisdom, humour and generosity of spirit.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

This is the video for the song from John Rutter’s official YouTube channel. Please remember to click on “thumbs-up” on the video if you appreciated the artist’s work. 

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