The last day of October, month of the Holy Rosary. As a farewell prayer to Our Blessed Mother, let’s sing this lovely Irish hymn:
A Mhuire na ngrás, a Mháthair Mhic Dé, go gcuire tú ar mo leas mé. Go sabhála tú mé ar gach uile olc, go sabhála tú mé idir anam is chorp.
O Mary of Graces and mother of God
May I tread in the paths that the righteous have trod
And mayest thou save me from evil’s control
And mayest thou save me in body and soul.
Go sabhála tú mé ar muir is ar tír, go sabhála tú mé ar lic na bpian. Gárda na n-aingeal os mo chionn, Dia romham agus Dia liom.
And mayest thou save me by land and by sea
And mayest thou save me from tortures to be
May the guard of the angels around me abide
May God be before me and God at my side.
O Mary of Graces, oh answer my plea
Under crosses in trials, to thee do I flee
O teach me Sweet Mother to follow His Will
To journey with courage up Calvery’s Hill
O Mary my Mother and Mother of all
Be my guide and Protectress that I may not fall
And mayest Thou lead me to Heaven above
With Saints and Angels I’ll share in Thy Love
May a smile of thy mercy from heaven come down
When my heart would leave thee and cleave to the ground
And when this poor body returns to its sod
May thy loving arms bear my soul to its God.