Apr 19, 2010

Celtic Prayer

Sometimes the shortest prayers are the most profound.

Dwight L. Moody said:
My experience is that those who pray most in their closets generally make short prayers in public. Long prayers are too often not prayers at all, and they weary the people.
  • How short the publican's prayer was: “God be merciful to me a sinner!”
  • The Syrophoenician woman's was shorter still: “Lord help me!” She went right to the mark, and she got what she wanted.
  • The prayer of the thief on the cross was a short one: “Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom!”
  • Peter's prayer was, “Lord, save me, or I perish!”

Here's a short Celtic prayer:
The Breton Fisherman's Prayer
Dear God, be good to me. The sea is so wide, and my boat is so small.

photo via creative commons by dwan



  1. I don't suppose you know where I might find the original Breizhoneg version of the prayer. I've looked everywhere and even tried Breton Google to no avail.

    1. I'm sorry, Evelyn, I don't. I wrote this post so long ago that I don't remember where I first came across it.