Prayers to the Sun by a man in Arisaig, West Coast Scotland

Prayers to the Sun

Arisaig sunrise by Tom Henderson April 2015

Arisaig sunrise by Tom Henderson April 2015

There are not as many prayers to the sun as there are to the moon because, “The sun was a matter to them of great awe, but the moon was a friend of great love, guiding their course upon land and sea, and their path wherever they went.”1

Even so, plenty of blessings have survived, and Carmichael tells us:

“3o8 A’ GHRIAN

AN URNAIGH GHRÈINE

Thubhairt an seanchaidh : — Bha duine ann an Àrasaig agus bha e
fuathasach scan, agus bhiodh e ag adhradh do’n ghrein agus do’n ghealaich
agus do na reultaibh. Dar a dh’eireadh a’ ghrian air bharr nam beann
bheireadh e dheth a chomhdach cinn, agus chromadh e sios a cheann,
a’ toir glòir do Dhia mor nan diil air son glòir na greine agus mathas a
solais do chlann nan daoine agus do bheathachaibh an t-saoghail. Dar
a rachadh a’ ghrian fodha sa chuan an iar, bheireadh an seann duine
dheth a rithist a chomhdach cinn, agus chromadh e a cheann gu làr, agus
theireadh e —

Tha mise an dòchas ‘na thràth
Nach cuir Dia mor nan àgh
As domhsa solas nan gràs

Mar tha thusa dha m’fhàgail a nochd.

Bha an seann duine ag ràdh gun d’ionnsaich e sec bho athair agus bho
sheann daoine a’ bhaile dar a bha e ‘na leanabh beag. Bhiodh clann
gun mhodh a’ magadh air Iain, an dùil nach robh e uile gu leir ann,
ach cha leir dhomh fhein gun robh Iain bochd a’ dèanamh dad cearr.

THE SUN

309

THE SUN PRAYER

The reciter said : — There was a man in Arasaig, and he was extremely old,
and he would make adoration to the sun and to the moon and to the
stars. When the sun would rise on the tops of the peaks he would put off
his head-covering and he would bow down his head, giving glory to the
great God of life for the glory of the sun and for the goodness of its light
to the children of men and to the animals of the world. When the sun
set in the western ocean the old man would again take off his head-covering,
and he would bow his head to the ground and say —

I am in hope, in its proper time,
That the great and gracious God
Will not put out for me the light of grace
Even as thou dost leave me this night.

The old man said that he had learned this from his father and from the
old men of the village when he was a small child. Mannerless children
would be mocking Iain, thinking that he was not all there, but it is not
clear to me that poor Iain was doing anything wrong.2

In spite of its heavenly associations with God, however, it can be seen that the sun – like the moon – is commonly regarded as being feminine,3 as the prayer [below] indicates. This one always seems very appropriate on particularly sunny days, especially after a lot of dull ones, and should be said in the morning after you get up:

Link to prayer below

https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/aghrian-song-to-the-sun-from-the-isle-of-barra-discovered-by-archmatrona-georgia/


References

1 Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p630.

2 Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p291.

3 The Gaelic words for sun and moon – a’ ghrian and a’ ghealach – are also grammatically feminine. The Indo-European root of a’ ghrian is thought to be *greinâ, meaning ‘warm’. Geal refers to the moon being both white and bright, and so might refer to the moon or silver. See Black, The Gaelic Otherworld, 2005, p570/p606.

http://www.tairis.co.uk/daily-practices/prayer-to-the-sun/

https://archive.org/stream/carminagadelicah30carm/carminagadelicah30carm_djvu.txt

Carmina Gadelica

Hymns and Incantations

With Illustrative Notes on Words, Rites, and Customs,

Dying and Obsolete : Orally Collected in the Highlands

and Islands of Scotland

By Alexander Carmichael

1900

A’Ghrian – song to the Sun from the Isle of Barra discovered by ArchMatrona Georgia

A’Ghrian – song to the Sun
from the Isle of Barra
discovered by ArchMatrona Georgia

 

Hebrides sunset on isle of barra

Hebrides sunset on Isle of Barra

From John MacNeill, cottar, Buaile nam Bodach, Barra

Song to the Sun

Hail to thee,
thou sun of the seasons
as thou traversest
the skies aloft.

Thy steps are strong on
the wing of the heavens,
thou art the glorious
mother of the stars.

Thou liest down in
the destructive ocean
without impairment or fear.

Thou risest up on
the peaceful wave-crest
like a queenly maiden
in bloom.

Song 316, Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p292 (English only); Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica Volume III, 1941, pp310-311.

“A Ghrian”
(To the Sun)
from the Isle of Barra

A’ GHRIAN [317]

O Iain Mac Nill, coitear, Buaile nam Bodach, Barraidh

ÀILTE ort fein, a ghrian nan tràth,
‘S tu siubhal ard nan speur ;

Do cheumaibh treun air sgeith nan ard,
‘S tu màthair àigh nan reul.

Thu laighe sios an cuan na dith

Gun diobhail is gun sgàth ;
Thu ‘g eirigh suas air stuagh na sith,

Mar rioghainn òg fo bhlàth.

A’Ghrian, Hymn to The Sun

A’Ghrian, Hymn to The Sun videos discovered by ArchMatrona (Bishop) Georgia

Sunna+or+Sól.+Norse+goddess+of+the+sun,+

Sunna or Sól. Norse goddess of the sun

A’ Ghrian
The Sun
Verse One:

Fàilte ort féin, a ghrian nan tràth,
I welcome you, sun of the seasons,

‘S tu siubhail ard nan speur;
As you travel the skies aloft;

Do cheumaibh treun air sgéith nan ard,
Your steps are strong on the wing of the heavens,

‘S tu màthair àigh nan reul.
You are the glorious mother of the stars.
Verse Two:

Thu laighe sìos an cuan na dìth
You descend into the deadly sea

Gun dìobhail is gun sgàth,
Without distress and without fear;

Thu ‘g éirigh suas air stuagh na sìth,
You rise up on the wave of peace,

Mar rìoghain òg fo bhlàth.
Like a youthful Queen in bloom.

This is a separate sunset prayer:

Ha-misham doh oss-narah.. na-cuir chia mo-ornah…
I am in hope in its proper time that the gracious One

As rom sa-a-ah, so-lar-s, nuhn-gra-as, Marra-husa, ca-ah-ma, gala noc
will not put out for me the light of grace even as thou dost leave me this night

Source

Song 316, Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p292 (English only); Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica Volume III, 1941, pp310-311.
Lyrics 1

http://messageboard.druidry.org/viewtopic.php?f=73&t=37567

Lyrics 2

http://www.livingcircle.net/Resources/A%27Ghrian.pdf

Video 1

Video 2