St. Brigid of Kildare

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A Practice from the Celtic Tradition.

Mar 27, 2020 (12:00 AM) - Mar 31, 2020 (11:59 PM)

The “Caim” is an encircling prayer. The word originates from an old gaelic word meaning protection or sanctuary. It is an invisible circle of protection, drawn around the body with the hand.

The circle symbolizes the encircling love and presence of God surrounding you, protecting you, caring for you.

Practicing the encircling prayer is simple (an adapted version is as follows)

Step 1.

Make yourself comfortable. Become aware of your breath, gently breathing in and out. This brings you into the present moment

Step 2.

Visualise drawing a circle of protection around yourself, if you wish use your index finger. Ask for protection from the Divine, you may wish to pray: Circle me O Lord, keep me safe.

Step 3.

Extend this practice to draw a protective circle to include your family, friends, healthcare workers or whomever you wish to include. Circle (name) ) O Lord and keep (name) safe.

Step 4.

Extend the practice to draw a protective circle around planet Earth – around all of creation. Circle us O Lord, keep our planet safe.

Concluding prayer:

Circle me, Lord
Keep protection near
And danger afar.

Circle me, Lord
Keep hope within
Keep doubt without.

Circle me Lord
Keep light near
And darkness afar.

Circle me, Lord
Keep peace within.
Keep evil out.

The mighty Three my protection be, encircling me.
You are around my life, my home
Encircling me O sacred Three. David Adam.

If you wish you may like to listen to Mary of the Gael sung by Carmel Boyle (see link below)

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March 27, 2020
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