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Date Posted: 05:54:06 11/23/12 Fri
An Oireachtas Prayer -- from Ryan Dunns website, 14:19:19 11/21/12 Wed
An Oireachtas Prayer
Good and Gracious God,
We place ourselves in your presence and invite
your Spirit as we begin this year's Oireachtas.
We have practiced.
We have rehearsed.
We have sacrificed for the love of Irish dance.
We have invested time and money and effort.
Lord, we ask only that you help us to do our best this Day.
May we remember that underneath
the wigs, the dresses, the sparkles, the make-up, and the sock glue
that we dance with bodies and talents you gave us.
With every click and every treble, O Lord,
may we give you glory
and celebrate the the gift of our teachers
who have shown us how to dance.
Lord, in twenty years, it will be hard to recall how we placed.
Time will have faded our memories of where we stood on the podium
or what medal we took home.
We will remember, though, the good times we have shared
and we will tell with delight the stories we remember.
Bless this weekend, Bless our dancing,
and bless those who have given us the gift of Irish dance.
May we all dance today as we hope to dance in eternity:
members of the heavenly ceili
dancing to You, the music of our lives.
We pray this through Christ our Lord,
our Teacher, our Musician, our Music, and our Metronome.
Ryan danced as a child along with his sisters in the MWR and then used his talents as a feis musician to share the dance with future generations but he is also a Priest and shares another spirit to all.