When Hebrew Blessing Meets Irish Blessing

Readers of the Scriptures are familiar with the many blessings that appear in the Bible, especially those in the Old Testament.  Many Celts and the fans thereof are familiar with the blessings that the Irish come up with.  But what if the two could be combined?  Jim Cowan and Emmanuel do just that in the song Psalm 128, which places a Hebrew song in a decidedly Celtic setting, sung by a good Irish tenor.  This song is this week’s podcast, and the rest of the magnificent album it’s taken from, In the Beauty of His Holiness, can be downloaded from The Ancient Star Song.

A Song of degrees. Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel. (Psalms 128:1-6)

A special treat and message for our friends in Israel, who could use one these days.

Note: Jim Cowan went on to direct the group Emmanual at the University of Steubenville; more information on those albums is here.  He is still active as the Director of Music at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Panama City, Florida.   His website is here.

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