The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.
                        (NUMBERS 6:24–26)


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
   so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
                        (ROMANS 15:13)


Before us it is blessed, behind us it is blessed,
   below us it is blessed, above us it is blessed,
   around us it is blessed as we set out with Christ.
Our speech is blessed as we set out for God.
With beauty before us, with beauty behind us,
   with beauty below us, with beauty above us,
   with beauty around us, we set out for a holy place indeed. Amen.
                        (TRADITIONAL NAVAHO PRAYER, ALT.)


May the road rise to meet you,
   may the wind be always at your back,
   may the sun shine warm upon your face,
   may the rains fall soft upon your fields,
and until we meet again,
   may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Amen.
                        (TRADITIONAL GAELIC PRAYER)


Sarum Blessing


God be in your head, and in your understanding.
God be in your eyes, and in your looking.
God be in your mouth, and in your speaking.
God be in your heart, and in your thinking.
God be at your end, and at your departing.
                        (SARUM LITURGY, ENGLAND, 13TH CENT., ALT.)




146 At the Birth of a Child 460 In Time of Illnes
457 For the Sick 461 For Those Who Mourn



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