A Prayer, “Cover My Soul with the Shadow of Your Wing,” Carmina Gadelica

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Cover My Soul with the Shadow of Your Wing

Thanks to you, O God, that I have risen today,
to the rising of life itself;
may it [and my communication with others] be to your own glory,
O God of every gift [which includes the gift of communication],
and to the glory of my soul likewise.
O great God, aid my soul [in my choice of words] with the aiding of your own mercy;
even as I clothe my body with wool, [and adorn my lips with sounds] cover my soul with the shadow of your wing.
Help me to avoid every sin, [every thought, deed, careless word] and the source of every sin to forsake;
and as the mist scatters
on the crest of the hills,
may each ill haze clear from my soul, O God.

Source: Adapted from Carmina Gadelica, a Celtic morning prayer, 19th century

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