I’m getting ready to visit Bardsey Island again. I go in 8 days time and I can’t wait! I have been welcomed back to serve as chaplain for the island, just as I did last year. Part of my role is to engage with people who visit and one way in which I shall do that is by offering a blessing.  So, I have just designed a ‘Bardsey blessing’ in the shape of a postcard with the amazing photography skills of Ben Porter who has provided the stunning picture. 

I hope to give these away and also to say over those who would like me to this blessing.

A Bardsey Blessing:

Ynys Enlli has been a place of pilgrimage since the 5th century for those seeking the presence of God. Today people venture to the island for its natural beauty, solitude or out of curiosity. Whatever your reason for being here may this Bardsey blessing enrich your life:

Today, as you walk on this island may you meet the One who knows you and loves you.

May you hear deep within your worth and value.

May God the Father enfold you and embrace you.

May God the Son walk beside you.

May God the Spirit refresh you and lead you forward on your journey. 


This is also one of Ben’s beautiful pictures which I shall also use with a Welsh version of the blessing:  I shall blog again about the experience of offering the ‘blessing’ in two weeks time when I return. By the way, if you would like the opportunity to visit the island please follow this link: it is the most beautiful place… A place of meeting and encountering the presence of God. 

5 thoughts on “Bardsey Blessing 

  1. Tere õhtust, good evening! I’m the Estonia walks and rides guide planner you met on the train from Machynlleth. As a retired librarian, I had a duty to let you know the details of the book I mentioned. It is by Verena Schiller, A simplified life: a contemporary hermit’s experience of solitude and silence, published in 2010. She was in her hermitage at Uwchmynydd for 25 years! Worth seeking out. Best wishes, Nigel

  2. Hi Chris – trust you ‘ve had a great week on Bardsey. I was Chaplain the week before you and have just heard of your stay there via Sheila at Haddon this morning where I preached to do with the island and its Christian legacy. Small world! Did you get the fridge to work?
    every blessing
    John Harper

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