St Patrick’s Day

Although there seems little to celebrate today for the ‘Apostle of Ireland’ let us not forget his great faith. In his great pray St Patrick’s Breastlplate, otherwise known as ‘The Prayer of Protection, he wrote,

I summon today, All these powers between me and those evils, Against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose my body and soul.St Patrick
The words of the pray are rather apt as we now live with the Coronavirus. The prayer is quite long however however here are two verses that I invite you to reflect on. The second verse, that begins, ‘Christ with me’ is the shortened version of the prayer and composes of fifteen lines.

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 shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in 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 every man 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.

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