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Nige999
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Post by Nige999 » Tue May 25, 2010 6:29 am

Hi all

 

I am looking for a Cornish christening blessing to put in my granddaughters christening book.

 

She is part Cornish, part Welsh and part Breton. Hopefully the Celtic genes will be dominant !

 

Can anyone help out ?

 

Thanks

 

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Post by Pokorny » Tue May 25, 2010 10:55 am

What are Celtic genes supposed to be? Shouldn't 'Celticity' be all about culture and language?

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Post by Eddie-C » Tue May 25, 2010 11:55 am

Yes, Pokorny, you're quite right, at least as far as scientific English usage is concerned. However, in more colloquial registers, the word 'gene' is used loosely to cover both the strictly genetic components and the cultural/linguistic components which one inherits from one's family. Thus are 'Nature and Nurture' jumbled up together in non-scientific popular idiom.

 

We even hear this looser usage in quite unmistakeably non-genetic contexts, such as "The quest for innovation is embedded in this Company's DNA [or genes]". English may be less prescriptive about such loose usages than German is -- as a native German speaker (iirc), perhaps you'd like to comment on that conjecture.

 

So, in my opinion, nige999 is perfectly right in his usage, as are you in yours.

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Post by pietercharles » Tue May 25, 2010 12:54 pm

How about this Celtic blessing:

Re wrello krevder an gwyns ha golow an howl,
Medhelder an glaw ha kevrin an loer
Dha dhrehedhes ha dha lenwel.
Re wrello tekter dha dhidhana ha lowena dha heudhhe,
Re wrello marth dha gollenwel ha kerensa dha gyrghynna.
Re bo fyrv dha gamm ha krev dha vregh,
Re bo hebask dha golonn ha gwir dha er.
Re hwili dyski, re tyski bywa,
Re vywi kara, ha re kyrri – bys vykken.

 

 
May the strength of the wind and the light of the sun,
The softness of the rain and the mystery of the moon
Reach you and fill you.
May beauty delight you and happiness uplift you,
May wonder fulfil you and love surround you.
May your step be steady and your arm be strong,
May your heart be peaceful and your word be true.
May you seek to learn, may you learn to live,
May you live to love, and may you love - always.

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Post by Nige999 » Tue May 25, 2010 5:00 pm

pietercharles said:

How about this Celtic blessing:

Re wrello krevder an gwyns ha golow an howl,

Medhelder an glaw ha kevrin an loer

Dha dhrehedhes ha dha lenwel.

Re wrello tekter dha dhidhana ha lowena dha heudhhe,

Re wrello marth dha gollenwel ha kerensa dha gyrghynna.

Re bo fyrv dha gamm ha krev dha vregh,

Re bo hebask dha golonn ha gwir dha er.

Re hwili dyski, re tyski bywa,

Re vywi kara, ha re kyrri – bys vykken.

 

 

May the strength of the wind and the light of the sun,

The softness of the rain and the mystery of the moon

Reach you and fill you.

May beauty delight you and happiness uplift you,

May wonder fulfil you and love surround you.

May your step be steady and your arm be strong,

May your heart be peaceful and your word be true.

May you seek to learn, may you learn to live,

May you live to love, and may you love - always.



 

Perfect, thanks a lot.

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Re: Christening blessing

Post by Nige999 » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:21 pm

What are Celtic genes supposed to be? Shouldn't 'Celticity' be all about culture and language?
just noticed this, WTF has this got to do with my granddaughters christening ?

I would rather you kept your personal dogmas out of my joyous family occasion.

Anyway 'Celticity' isn't all about culture and language, my surname is derived from the Cornish language version of a 6th century Irish saint. Thats not culture or language, its a fact !

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Re: Christening blessing

Post by mockinbird » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:54 pm

Nige, those words from Pietercharles are beautiful- what more could any of us wish for our grandchildren!

May we wish her love, peace, beauty and happiness too.

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