“May the Smile of God light you to Glory” ~ Irish Blessing
In Memory of LAOH Division 23 members
Colleen McGinley Ostronic – Charter President LAOH Division 23
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free!
I follow the plan God laid for me.
I saw His face, I heard His call,
I took His hand and left it all…
I could not stay another day,
To love, to laugh, to work or play;
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
And if my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss…
Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss.
My life’s been full, I’ve savoured much:
Good times, good friends, a loved-one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief—
Don’t shorten yours with undue grief.
Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,
Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow.
Nancy Gallagher – LAOH Member
“Come to Me”
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you and whispered “come to me.”
With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
Karen Kane – LAOH Member
Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face and rains fall soft on your fields.
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Edith McCaul – LAOH Member
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
Terri Brown – LAOH Member
A Wish for a Friend
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
Sara Farraher – LAOH Member
St. Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ be with me
Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me, Christ on my right
Christ on my left, Christ where I lie
Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me
Christ in the mouth of every man who thinks of me
Christ in every eye that sees me
Christ in every ear that hears me
Salvation is of the lord.
Lois S. Callwood – LAOH Member
Old Gaelic Prayer Blessing
“Deep peace of the running waves to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the smiling stars to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.”
Midge Donaldson – LAOH Member
Remembering You – Irish Prayer
At the rising of the sun and its going down, we remember you.
At the blowing of the wind and the chill of Winter, we remember you.
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of Spring, we remember you.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, we remember you.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of Autumn, we remember you.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember you.
As long as we live, You too will live; for you are now a part of us,
as we remember you, for now and forever, Amen.