In the morning the fire would need to be ‘lifted’ after being smoored the night before, and naturally, like everything else, the action would be accompanied by a prayer.
The hearth was central to the household and therefore provided a natural focus with which blessings could be said for members of the house. In addition, as Carmichael puts it, “The people look upon fire as a miracle of Divine power provided for their good - to warm their bodies when they are hungry, and to remind them that they too, like the fire, need constant renewal mentally and physically.”1
The following prayer has been edited from the original according to my own taste. An ideal time to say it is before breakfast, and it is supposed to be said in an undertone:2
Blessing of the Kindling Kindle Thou in my heart within
A flame of love to my neighbour,
To my foe, to my friend, to my kindred all,
To the brave, to the knave, to the thrall,
From the lowliest thing that liveth,
To the Name that is highest of all. 3
1 Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p595.
3 Song 82, Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p93.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 June 2010 19:37