St. Patrick's Breastplate Prayer

The Prayer
This Irish prayer is attributed to Saint Patrick and often referred to as the "breastplate" of St. Patrick--words that shield.

I arise today Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Swiftness of wind,
Depth of the 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 hand to guard me.

Afar and anear, Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today Against wounding:

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ in me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of Creation.

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Photo: Dunluce Castle, just a few minutes from my Sister's home in Northern Ireland

Comments

Ronda said…
What a great prayer! I love this time of the year...It seems like such a wonderful time to reflect on all God has done for us and just how wonderful He is...We had such a good "Palm Sunday" service yesterday! (Cool picture of the Dunce castle! What an adventure your sister is living!)
Ronda said…
Are you there...Sarah? I've been waiting for you to write something to make me laugh or cry!!!(smile...Honestly....I do enjoy your blog-style) Hope that you all had a nice Easter!

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