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St. Patrick's Breastplate

March 18, 2019

 

     While scrolling through emails yesterday, I discovered one from Mike Morrell, who works closely with Richard Rohr, in which he encourages us to read this Prayer of Protection attributed to St. Patrick every day for the rest of Lent. Dutifully I sat with it this morning and read it aloud, and discovered that it encompasses all that I could possibly ask for to stay on the journey each day.

     I intend to read it as part of my Lenten Discipline until Holy Week. I have attached it below, and though it is lengthy, I think you will love it. 

The armor of God is what we need right now!

 

 

The Breastplate of Saint Patrick

 

I arise today

Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity;

Through trust in the threeness,

Through confessing the oneness

Of the Creator of Creation.

 

I arise today

Through the strength of Christ’s birth with his baptism,

Through the strength of Christ’s healing with his laughter,

Through the strength of Christ’s teaching with his feasting,

Through the strength of Christ’s crucifixion with his burial,

Through the strength of Christ’s resurrection with his ascension,

Through the strength of Christ’s descent for the judgment of doom.

 

I arise today

Through the strength of the love of cherubim,

In obedience of angels,

In the service of archangels,

In hope of resurrection to meet with reward;

In mediations of matriarchs,

In prayers of patriarchs,

In predictions of prophets,

In preaching of apostles,

In faith of confessors,

In virtues done unto the Lord

In the purity of generous souls.

 

I arise today

Through the strength of heaven:

Light of sun,

Radiance of moon,

Splendor of fire,

Speed of lightning,

Swiftness of wind,

Depth of sea,

Stability of earth,

Firmness of rock.

 

I arise today:

Through God’s strength to pilot me,

God’s might to uphold me,

God’s wisdom to guide me,

God’s eye to look before me,

God’s ear to hear me,

God’s word to speak for me,

God’s hand to guard me,

God’s way to lie before me,

God’s shield to protect me,

God’s host to save me

From snares of devils,

From temptations of vices,

From everyone who shall wish me ill,

Afar and anear,

Alone and in multitude.

 

I summon today the Supreme power standing between me and those evils,

Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul:

Against incantations of false prophets,

Against black laws of fallen principalities,

Against false patterns of powers,

Against craft of idolatry,

Against spells of politicians, marketers and would-be gurus,

Against every misdirecting gnosis that corrupts body and soul.

 

Christ to shield me today:

Against poison, against burning,

Against drowning, against wounding,

So that there may come to me abundance of reward.

 

Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,

Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

 

I arise today

Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity;

Through trust in the threeness,

Through confessing the oneness

Of the Creator of Creation.

 

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