Celtic Celebration & Prayer

The third week of August marks the last few weeks of summer here in Wisconsin. It’s also four of the best days of the year for me.


The World’s Largest Celtic Festival, Milwaukee Irish Fest, ran last Thursday through Sunday at Milwaukee’s Summerfest Grounds. This is not only a celebration of my family’s culture, it is time I spend every year with those I love – singing, dancing, volunteering, eating, drinking and praying. It is at its heart a celebration of life and love and everything that binds us together.


In honor of that spirit, I’ll leave you with an ancient Celtic prayer called: “The Deer’s Cry” (also known as: St. Patrick’s Breastplate”).

I arise today

Through the strength of heaven, light of sun,

Radiance of moon,

Splendor of fire,

Speed of lightning,

Swiftness of wind,

Depth of sea,

Stability of earth,

Firmness of rock.

Love & light,



3 thoughts on “Celtic Celebration & Prayer

  1. I married a man who is half Irish, and found myself with a mother-in-law who knew stuff. Her sons called her a witch, but she was just in touch with an intuition that had her making my beloved’s bed the morning of the day he arrived home a week early and without warning, and correctly predicting the gender of almost all her grandchildren. (Not my eldest. When Kathie was born, PRH phoned Mum K. and said hello. Mum K. “Judy has had her little boy!” PRH: “No.” Mum K. “Well, what is it then?”)

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  2. My husband’s family is also of Irish descent. The Irish stick together. When my son traveled to Ireland, the first words he heard were, “Welcome Cousin.” He loved it!


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