Today Is Saint Patrick’s Day and I felt that it would be good to share his famous prayer, this is from the ancient Celtic/Gallican Tradition.
Saint Patrick’s Breastplate.
We bind unto ourselves today the strong name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, the Three in One, the One in Three. We bind unto ourselves this day forever by power of faith, Christ’s incarnation; His baptism in the Jordan River; His death on the cross for our salvation; His bursting from the spiced tomb; His riding up the heavenly way; His coming on the day of doom; We bind unto ourselves today.
We bind unto ourselves the power of the great love of the Cherubim; the sweet “Well done” in judgement hour; the service of the Seraphim, Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word, the Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls; all good deeds done unto the Lord, and purity of simple souls.
We bind unto ourselves today the virtues of the starlit heaven, the glorious sun’s life-giving ray, the whiteness of the moon at evening, the flashing of the lightning free, the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks, the stable earth, the deep salt sea, around the old eternal rocks.
We bind unto ourselves today the power of God to hold and lead, His eye to watch, His might to stay, His ear to hearken to our need. The wisdom of our God to teach, His hand to guide, His shield to ward; the Word of God to give us speech, his heavenly host to be our guard.
Against the demon snares of sin, the vice that gives temptation force, the natural lusts that war within, the hostile ones that mar our course: or few or many, far or nigh, in every place , and in all hours, against their hostility we bind to ourselves these holy powers.
Against all Satan’s spells and wiles, against false words of heresy, against the knowledge that defiles, against the heart’s idolatry, against the wizard’s evil craft, against the death-wound and the burning, the choking wave and poisoned shaft, protect us Christ till your returning.
Christ be with me , Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ to quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in the hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
We bind unto ourselves the Name, the strong Name of the Trinity; by invocation of the same: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, the Three in One and One in Three of whom all nature has creation: Eternal Father, Spirit , Word. Praise to the Lord of our salvation, salvation is of Christ the Lord. Amen†††