Celtic Mass for the Sea

by Scott Macmillan and Jennyfer Brickenden

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Celtic Mass For The Sea


God of the elements, Have mercy on us.
King of the elements, Have mercy on us.
Spirit of the elements,
Close over us,
Ever eternally

Oh strangely glorious and beautiful sea!
Sounding forever mysteriously,
Why are thy billows still rolling on
With their wild and sad musical tone?
Why is there never repose for thee?


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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