An Irish Blessing

Jun 2, 2020 | 3 comments

Opening scene for YouTube sung ‘Be Thou My Vision’ from Ireland – click it to listen!


Be Thou My Vision

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art –
Thou my best thought, by day or by night;
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord.
Thou my great Father; thine own may I be,
Thou in me dwelling and I one with thee.

Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise;
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and thou only first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.


  1. Pascal O'Dea

    A beautiful sung prayer presented in a spirit of unity, “when we sing we pray twice” , this reassuring call for protection is so apt for this time of uncertainty, Rath De ar an obair,

    • Frank Gregg

      Frank Gregg here- I have been involved for over a decade now in the abuse scandals. My dismay in the mysogyny and clericalist inbred nature of our church has tired me out despite my feeble efforts to be a change agent.
      I can see nothing different in the organisational structure of the despite the most appalling revelations.
      Most church going people are “glad ” it is all in the past now – these are mostly my age 76 and would be terrified to question any action of the clergy.

      Nobody mentions that the church and the Orders are hundreds of millions in arrears for their behaviour – why ???

      I would be in jail if I failed in such fashion.

      I cannot really understand how subservient church laity are. I seem to be a marked man in my parish now.

      I know that I will not achieve any success here other than picketing outside the church which I told .the pp I might do.

      I believe that the laity generally prefer to be led than to speak up to power.. Too many Redemptorists did their job well in the 60’s .

      The youth have voted with their feet.

      We will see see no Damascus experience from our hierarchy anytime soon.

      It will take some calamitous event to force change upon them.


    That result took a powerful amount of skill and planning; well done to the whole team involved – a tribute to the Vision of God.


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