If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature, even a caterpiller, I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature. Meister Eckhart

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


In Ireland the care of the hearth fire fell to woman of the house. The peat fire was carefully and prayerfully put to bed as the family retired at night and just as carefully awakened as the family prepared for the new day.

In some traditions the woman would pray as she divided into three sections, representing the trinity, and covered preserving the embers for the morning.

The sacred Three
To save
To shield
To surround
The hearth
The house
The household
This eve
This night
And every single night
Each single night


As I save this fire tonight
Even so may Christ save me.
On the top of the house let Mary,
Let Bride in its middle be,
Let eight of the mightiest angels
Round the throne of the Trinity
Protect this house and its people
Till the dawn of the day shall be.

The family would rest the night sure of the protection of heaven and waken the fire in the morning as it was put to rest; with prayers.

I will kindle my fire this morning
In the presence of the holy angels of Heaven.
God kindle Thou in my heart within
A flame of Love to my neighbour,
To my foe, to my friend, to my kindred all…
To the brave, to the knave, to the thrall,
O son of the loveliest Mary,
O son of the loveliest Mary,
From the lowliest thing that livest,
To the Name that is highest of all.

There is a certainty that the hosts of heaven are present in and around the house. In and around every house. Creator and creation are one and the same and that no matter how humble the act, making a bed, kindling a fire, churning butter or weaving cloth it is holy in God’s sight; worthy of blessing and protection.

Prayers from Every Earthly Blessing by Esther DeWaal.