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March 17
St. Patrick
Patron of Ireland

I'm St. Patrick and I'm awesome. I write cool prayers and I drive out snakes. Bam.


So, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I could type out another one of my fairly witty and always entertaining posts about himself.  But, I already did that over on Busted Halo.  You can see that here.

Instead of rehashing what I’ve already hashed, today I’m going to post possibly one of the most famous prayers (or poems as I like to think of it) ever written, by none other than, you guessed it (if you guessed St. Patrick), St. Patrick.  Have you ever actually read the entire thing?  Not just the part we all know, “Christ with me, Christ before me…”  There are even songs based on that part.  No I mean the whole thing.  It’s actually pretty long (as prayers go) but totally worth it.    Oh, and you can tell it was written by someone with the “gift of gab”, which, being a good “Irishman”, I’m going to guess St. Patrick was.  The flow is amazing, and the mood is one of great strength.  Reading this, I can almost hear the voice of an old Irish priest, bellowing out from the pulpit.  It’s a powerful prayer, and it’s one I think deserves more than just a passing glance at a single stanza, but that’s just me.

So, here it is.  Read it.  Pray it.  See it for yourself.  Enjoy.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The Breastplate of Saint Patrick

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.

I arise today through the strength of Christ with His Baptism,
through the strength of His Crucifixion with His Burial,
through the strength of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
through the strength of His 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 the Archangels,
in hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
in prayers of Patriarchs, in predictions of Prophets,
in preachings of Apostles, in faiths of Confessors,
in innocence of Holy Virgins, in deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through the strength of Heaven:
light of Sun, brilliance of Moon, splendour 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 secure me:
against snares of devils, against temptations of vices,
against inclinations of nature, against everyone who
shall wish me ill, afar and anear, alone and in a crowd.

I summon today all these powers between me (and these evils):
against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose my body and my soul, against incantations of false prophets,
against black laws of heathenry,
against false laws of heretics, against craft of idolatry,
against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
against every knowledge that endangers man’s body and soul.
Christ to protect me today
against poison, against burning,
against drowning, against wounding,
so that there may come abundance of reward.

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 in breadth, Christ in length, Christ in height,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man 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 belief in the Threeness, through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.
Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of Christ. May Thy Salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.