Monday, January 16, 2012

St. Patrick's Breastplate

On Sunday, at church, in class, we were learning about St. Patrick (the true man and missionary), and were given this amazing poem/lyrics/thing that is attributed to him.  His life was a testimony, but I found this particular passage amazingly touching and convicting.  Pay special attention to the second last paragraph.  Wow.  Is Christ in the mind and heart of those who see me or think of me?  Is that the life tesimony and example I am giving?  If not, what is my life all about?  Is it truly for Christ?  I encourage you to read this incredible piece.

For me, there are a number of things that are incredibly personal, and I hope it will be of encouragement to you as well.


St. Patrick's Breastplate

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth 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 archangels,
In hope of ressurection to meet with reward,
In prayers of the patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteousmen.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendour of fire,
Speed of lightening.
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 spead for me,
Gods hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill.
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul.

Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me abundance of reward.

Chrsit 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.

I arise today
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation.

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