The Irish Blessing of Be Thou My Vision

Updated: Nov 14, 2021

Be Thou My Vision (Old Irish - Rop tú mo baile or Rob tú mo bhoile)

Be Thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art Thou my best thought by day or by night Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be Thou my wisdom and Thou my true word I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord Thou my great Father, I Thy true son Thou in me dwelling and I with Thee one

High King of Heaven my victory won May I reach heaven's joys, oh, bright heaven's sun Heart of my own heart whatever befall Still be my vision, oh Ruler of all

Thou and Thou only first in my heart High King of Heaven, my treasure Thou art

Songwriters: Todd A. Smith, Richard Allan Hall, Nicol June Renee Smith, Traditional

The Irish Blessing initiative is part of an international Christian movement where churches come together to bless frontline workers dealing with the coronavirus.

It began in the United States several weeks ago. The Irish version of the project recordings of ‘Be Thou My Vision’ where from congregations all over the country and were edited together in to one six-minute video.

The recordings include versions of ‘Be Thou My Vision’ from the monks of Glenstal Abbey and the Solid Rock Pentecostal Church in Dublin 8.

Fr Martin Magill, the parish priest of St John the Evangelist Parish in Belfast said the project is timely.

"The words of the hymn ‘Be Thou My Vision’ can be traced back to a tradition of a prayer for protection known as ‘lorica’ (Latin for armour or breastplate.) Praying for protection and blessing is particularly apt during these times," said Fr Magill.

Rev Rob Jones - the Church of Ireland rector at the Holy Trinity in Rathmines in Dublin - stated

"Being a part of something with all those people across the island that brings unity and is really important. Also, having the opportunity to say thank you to frontline workers and having the opportunity to pray a blessing of thankfulness over all those diverse people who have done so much in this pandemic is very important to me as a church leader,".

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