Robinson’s Revels Blessing

It takes a village to raise a child and in my village (which includes my family, my writers support groups, my choir) the Portland Christmas Revels is like my church. So it made perfect sense to me that, instead of a traditional baptism, I would take my baby to the Revelers for his blessing, to welcome him into the world, to show him that God is love and that the earth is a beautiful place to live.

I brought Binny to the opening circle of the Revels first mega-rehearsal last month. We were invited into the center of the group and the chorus sang Binny The Travelers Prayer. He watched and listened as if in awe. He will probably not remember the experience, but I will never forget it. Gorgeous, breathtaking. Find the lyrics below. (If you would like to hear the music, the Portland Christmas Revels has just come out with a CD that I’m certain you will love.  To order it and/or  learn more about the Revels go to: portlandrevels.org)

My deepest thanks to my Revelers, the happy few.

The Travelers Prayer

(John Renbourn) 

Praise to the moon, bright queen of the skies,

Jewel of the black night, the light of our eyes,

Brighter than starlight, whiter than snow,

Look down on us in the darkness below.

 

If well you should find us then well let us stay,

Be it seven times better when you make your way,

Be it seven times better when we greet the dawn,

So light up our way and keep us from all harm.

 

Give strength to the weary, give alms to the poor,

To the tainted and needy five senses restore,

Give song to our voices, give sight to our eyes,

To see the sun bow as the new moon shall rise.

 

Cast your eyes downwards to our dwelling place,

Three times for favour and three times for grace,

Over the dark clouds your face for to see,

To banish misfortune and keep Trinity.

 

In the name of the waters which spring from the earth,

In the name of the rivers to whom they give birth,

In the name of the oceans, the seven deep seas,

All praise to the moon, for eternity.

 

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One Response to “Robinson’s Revels Blessing”

  1. Anne Says:

    Oh, how sweet! (I always love seeing pictures of that Bin!)

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