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Blessing Prayer

In the Beatitudes, Jesus turns on its head what we might normally consider are things that gain happiness ("beatus" is the Latin word behind "Beatitude", meaning blissful or happy). We would not usually consider grief, insult or persecution to be "happy" things. Are those who are mourning blessed? Christ's answer is YES - they will be comforted. Are the persecuted blessed? YES - for this takes them deeper into God's kingdom. Normally one would think that by earning more money, having a bigger house, having more "things" around us, will lead to happiness - even that this is God's blessing.

Jesus re-writes this mindset. Actually by having "less" gives more room for God and more space for dependency on Him, (this is also the testimony of John the Baptist - "He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:30 NASB) The Message version of the bible conveys the Beatitudes in a beautiful, creative and challenging way, and you can find an excerpt of this scripture lower down on this page.

Also here is the Judeo-Christian blessing "May the Lord Bless You and Keep You", an Anglican prayer for the Church, and the Scottish blessing "May the blessing of light be on you", as well as a number of useful bible verses related to the blessings of God.

Celtic Blessing

Here is a contemporary version of the ancient celtic blessing "May the road rise up to meet you":-

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I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.

(Billy Graham, b.1918, Christian evangelist)

May The Lord Bless You
(A Judeo-Christian Blessing)

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

Ancient Irish Blessing
(Printable image of "May The Road Rise Up To Meet You")

Irish Blessing May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

Scottish Blessing

May the blessing of light be on you

May the blessing of light be on you– light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire, so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it.

read the full version of this on the scottish wedding blessings page

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Anglican Blessing for the Church
(For its clergy and people)

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift:
Send down upon our bishops, and other clergy, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing.
Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ.

(source: Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA)

Blessings in the bible

Here are a few good scriptures about the blessings of God. You may find these useful for personal meditation or prayer:-

The Beatitudes

An excerpt from "The Message" version. Read the whole of the beatitudes by following this link

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.“

Matthew 5:3-4 (The Message)

Spiritual Blessings are found in Christ

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Ephesians 1:3, (GNT)

more pages with blessing prayers:-

here are links to some wonderfully inspired prayers to aid your journey.