Thursday, October 4, 2012

St. Brendan the Navigator, in Fenit Ireland

I spent the last six days in County Kerry Ireland. On my last day I visited Fenit, where I photographed the Monument of St. Brendan the Navigator. It was here in Fenit where St. Brendan set sail for Paradise. The Monument to Saint Brendan The Navigator was unveiled on Sunday September 19th 2004. by Bishop Bill Murphy, Bishop of Kerry and successor of St. Brendan.

It was difficult to make the shot. The bronze stature is extremely large - and it was very windy - my glasses nearly blew out to sea !

 Here is St. Brendan's Prayer -

Shall I abandon, O King of mysteries, the soft comforts of home? Shall I turn my back on my native land, and turn my face towards the sea?

Shall I put myself wholly at your mercy, without silver, without a horse, without fame, without honor? Shall I throw myself wholly upon You, without sword and shield, without food and drink, without a bed to lie on? 

Shall I say farewell to my beautiful land, placing myself under Your yoke?

Shall I pour out my heart to You, confessing my manifold sins and begging forgiveness, tears streaming down my cheeks? Shall I leave the prints of my knees on the sandy beach, a record of my final prayer in my native land?

Shall I then suffer every kind of wound that the sea can inflict? Shall I take my tiny boat across the wide sparkling ocean?

 O King of the Glorious Heaven, shall I go of my own choice upon the sea? O Christ, will You help me on the wild waves?

You can read more about St. Brendan and the statue HERE

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