Aidan's Prayer

by St. Aidan of Lindisfarne

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(ca. 600-651 A.D.)


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Image: portion of illuminated manuscript page from "The Book of Kells."Photo: of Sunset as seen from Holy Island (Lindisfarne).  Copyrig J. Arblaster.  Copyright 2004 Paul D. J. Arblaster.  All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.  Sunset view from Lindisfarne (Holy Island).  (Photo: Copyright © 2004 Paul D. J. Arblaster)

"Trí ní is deacair a thuiscint;
intleacht na mban, obair na mbeach,
teacht agus imeacht na taoide."

(Three things hardest to understand;
the intellect of women, the work of the bees,
the coming and going of the tide.
-Old Gaelic Saying)

"Just got back from Lindisfarne. I took after sunset from Holy Island.  It is much as Aidan would have seen it as expressed in the poem..."

-Brother Paul

Leave me alone with God as much as may be.
As the tide draws the waters close in upon the shore,
Make me an island, set apart,
alone with you, God, holy to you.

Then with the turning of the tide
prepare me to carry your presence to the busy world beyond,
the world that rushes in on me
till the waters come again and fold me back to you.

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