“December Blessing”

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Emelia Attridge, Congregational Care Coordinator 


John O’Donahue has a “Blessing for the Senses” in his book Anam Cara. In the spirit of Celtic Christmas this Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5:00 pm in Clark Hall, I’ve decided to write my own blessing inspired by O’Donahue’s writing. You can read the original “Blessing for the Senses” below.


“December Blessing”

Bless the humming,

the stirring,

the watching.

Bless our Advent journeys
as they
and encircle.

This blessing is for

cold, crisp air that touches your face,

quiet stillness,

carol tunes in your ears,

and warm flickering light.

For brokenness,

for darkness,

for yearning.

For in-breaking Love,

for when the Holy draws close.

For dreams and dreamers.


As daylight fades,

May you feel the vast universe in the center of your being,

May you consider the stars shining in the core of your body.


Breathe in deep
the scent of pine
and burning wax.
Breathe in deep,
and let your breathe
be the blessing.


– Emelia Attridge


“Blessings for the Senses” by John O’Donohue
May your body be blessed.
May you realize that your body is a faithful
and beautiful friend of your soul.
And may you be peaceful and joyful
and recognize that your senses
are sacred thresholds.
May you realize that holiness is
mindful, gazing, feeling, hearing, and touching.
May your senses gather you and bring you home.
May your senses always enable you to
celebrate the universe and the mystery
and possibilities in your presence here.
May the Eros of the Earth bless you.