An Iona Benedicite

In Bishop’s House, Iona, there is Guest Book. In the cupboards you can find all the old ones filled with lovely comments, watercolours, poems all telling of the special time visitors had. In 1947 E D Sedding, SSJE, wrote an Iona Benedicite which is very special. (I have also been known to make up my own version with other friends after a little libation but I’ll leave that to your imagination!)

O ye angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord, 

praise him and magnify Him for ever.

O ye Saints of the Isles, bless ye the Lord.

O ye servants of Christ who here sang

God’s praises and hence went forth

to preach, bless ye the Lord.

O ye souls of the faithful, who rest in Jesus,

O ye kindly folk of the Island,

O ye pilgrims who seek joy and health

in this beloved Isle, bless ye the Lord.

O ye sheep and hornèd cattle,

O ye lambs that gambol on the sward,

O ye seals that glisten in the waters

bless ye the Lord.

O ye ravens and hoodies,

O ye rooks that caw from the sycamores,

O ye buzzards that float on the wind-currents,

bless ye the Lord.

O ye gulls that fill the beaches with your clamour,

O ye terns and gannets that dive

headlong for your prey,

O ye curlews and landrails,

O ye pied shelduck and Brides’ ghillies,

O ye dunlins that wheel in unison over the waves,

bless ye the Lord.

O ye larks that carol in the heavens,

O ye blackbirds that pipe at the dawning,

O ye pipits and wheatears,

O ye warblers and wrens that make

the glens joyful with song,

O ye bees that love the heather

bless ye the Lord.

O ye primroses and bluebells,

O ye flowerets that gem the marsh with colour

O ye golden flags that deck Columba’s Bay with glory,

bless ye the Lord.

O ye piled rocks fashioned by Nature’s might

thro’ myriad ages,

O ye majestic Bens of Mull,

O ye white sands and emerald shallows

O ye blue and purple deeps of ocean,

O ye winds and clouds, bless ye the Lord.

O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord,

praise Him and magnify Him for ever.

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