Receive our thanks for night and day,
for food and shelter, rest and play.
Be here our guest, and with us stay,
saranam, saranam, saranam.

For this small earth of sea and land,
for this small space on which we stand,
for those we touch with heart and hand,
saranam, saranam, saranam.

In the midst of foes I cry to Thee,
from the ends of the earth, wherever I may be,
My strength in helplessness, oh, answer me!
saranam, saranam, saranam.

Make my heart to grow as great as Thine,
so through my hurt Your love may shine,
my love be Yours, Your love be mine,
saranam, saranam, saranam.

For those who’ve gone, for those who stay,
for those to come, following the Way,
be guest and guide both night and day,
saranam, saranam, saranam.

“Saranam” means refuge.

Celtic Daily Prayer,
The Northumbria Community Trust Ltd., 2002, HarperSanFrancisco

Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator and occasional blogger.

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2 thoughts on “Saranam

  1. Words for the soul this morning. Saranam. (I encountered this first in A House Like a Lotus and was later delighted to find it in the prayer book I had discovered… Formative. Thank you Mary Beth.)

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  2. I’d like more documentation on the origin, however, as my research suggests an African/East Asian origin, which matches its presentation in _A House Like A Lotus_ (by Madeleine L’Engle, for those searching for it).

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