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Breastplate of St. Patrick's - Part 2 of 2

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  • Mark Sedrak
    Iarise 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
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 18, 2009
      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 save me
      From snares of demons,
      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.
      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.

      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.

      This prayer is often called "St. Patrick's Breastplate" because of those parts of it which seek God's protection.  It is also sometimes called "The Deer's Cry" or "The Lorica".

      From: The Works of St. Patrick


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