Friday, March 16, 2012

A Prayer for March 17th

Prayer of Saint Patrick, “The Breastplate”, (alt.—mid fifth century)

I arise today, through the strength of heaven; light of sun, radiance of moon, splendor of fire, speed of lightning, swiftness of the wind, depth of the sea, stability of earth, firmness of rock.
I arise today, through God's strength to pilot me; God's eye to look before me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me, from all who shall wish me ill, afar and a-near alone and in a multitude.

Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul, 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 to shield me. Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me,
I arise today.......

And a link to a beautifully sung version by Shaun Davey 

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