Celtic Mass for the Sea

by Scott Macmillan and Jennyfer Brickenden

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Celtic Mass For The Sea
Agnus Dei

God to enfold me
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.

God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.

God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.

Oh strangely glorious and beautiful sea!
Sounding forever mysteriously,
Oh strangely glorious and beautiful sea!
Sounding forever…
Never reposed…
Why slumberest not, oh mighty sea?

God in my sufficing
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in my eternity.

Fragrant maiden of the sea,
Thou art full of graces,
Be thine own hand on my rudder’s helm,
And be mine a good purpose
Towards each creature in creation.

The peace of God, the peace of all, 
The peace of Columba kindly,
The peace of great seas,
The peace of great seas,
The peace of great seas be for you.

East and by North
Send thine eyes forth
Over waves with great whales foaming,
Where sportive seals
Dance their wild reels 
Through mighty floodtides roaming.


The text for  The “Celtic Mass For The Sea” was derived from ancient  oral incantations, rituals and prayers; such as those found in collections like the “Carmina Gadelica” Vol. 1-5; collected, compiled, and metrically translated from Gaelic to English by Alexander Carmicheal. Traditional melodic themes heard in the “Mass” were found in three primary sources; Songs of the Hebrides”, collected and arranged by Marjorie Kennedy Fraser; “From the Farthest Hebrides” and “Beyond the Hebrides”, collected and edited by Donald A. Fergusson




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