Ortha nan Gaidheal


THE night prayers of the people are numerous. They are called by various names, as: 'Beannachadh Beinge ' - Bench-Blessing, 'Beannachadh Bobhstair' - Bolster Blessing, ' Beannachadh Cluasaig' - Pillow Blessing, 'Beannachadh Cuaiche' - Couch Blessing, 'Coich Chuaiche' - Couch Shrining, 'Altachadh Cadail ' - Sleep Prayer; and other terms. Many of these prayers are become mere fragments and phrases, supplemented by the people according to their wants and wishes at the time. It is touching and instructive to hear these simple old men and women in their lowly homes addressing, as they say themselves, 'Dia mor nan dul, Athair nan uile bheo,' the great God of life, the Father of all living. They press upon Him their needs and their desires fully and familiarly, but with all the awe and deference due to the Great Chief whom they wish to approach and to attract, and whose forgiveness and aid they would secure. And all this in language so homely yet so eloquent, so simple yet so dignified, that the impressiveness could not be greater in proudest fane.

Niall MacFhionnlaigh, A' Chiste Ghàidhlig, a chuir na teacsaichean seo gu léir bho Carmina Gadelica air an làrach-lìn aig Sabhal Mór Ostaig ann an 1995
2001-04-09 CPD