Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

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Saint Patrick's Breastplate

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'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 the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The 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 shield to protect me,
God's host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and 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 an 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. (1)

SAINT PATRICK'S BREASTPLATE by John Healy

 

⁠I bind to myself to-day,
The strong power of an invocation of the Trinity,
The faith of the Trinity in Unity,
The Creator of the Elements.

⁠I bind to myself to-day
the power of the Incarnation of Christ, with that of His Baptism,
The power of the Crucifixion, with that of His Burial,
The power of the Resurrection, with the Ascension,
The power of the coming to the Sentence of Judgment.

⁠I bind to myself to-day,
The power of the love of Seraphim,
In the obedience of Angels,
In the hope of Resurrection unto reward,
In the prayers of the noble Fathers,
In the predictions of the Prophets,
In the preaching of Apostles,
In the faith of Confessors,
In the purity of Holy Virgins,
In the acts of Righteous Men.

⁠I bind to myself to-day,
The power of Heaven,
The light of the Sun,
The whiteness of Snow,
The force of Fire,
The flashing of Lightning,
The velocity of Wind,
The depth of the Sea,
The stability of the Earth,
The hardness of Rocks.

⁠I bind to myself to-day,
The Power of God to guide me,

The Might of God to uphold me,
The Wisdom of God to teach me,
The Eye of God to watch over me,
The Ear of God to hear me,
The Word of God to give me speech,
The Hand of God to protect me,
The Way of God to prevent me,
The Shield of God to shelter me,
The Host of God to defend me,
⁠Against the snares of demons,
⁠Against the temptations of vices,
⁠Against the lusts of nature,
⁠Against every man who meditates injury to me,
⁠Whether far or near,
⁠With few or with many.

I have set around me all these powers,
⁠Against every hostile savage power,
⁠Directed against my body and my soul,
⁠Against the incantations of false prophets,
⁠Against the black laws of heathenism,
⁠Against the false laws of heresy,
⁠Against the deceits of idolatry,
⁠Against the spells of women and smiths and Druids,
⁠Against all knowledge which blinds the soul of man.

Christ protect me to-day,
⁠Against poison, against burning,
⁠Against drowning, against wound,
⁠That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
⁠Christ behind me, Christ within me,
⁠Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
⁠Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
⁠Christ in the fort,
⁠Christ in the chariot-seat,
⁠Christ in the poop.

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
⁠Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks to me,
⁠Christ in every eye that sees me,
⁠Christ in every ear that hears me.

⁠I bind to myself to-day,
The strong power of an invocation of the Trinity,

The faith of the Trinity in Unity,
The Creator of the Elements.
⁠Salvation is of the Lord,
⁠Salvation is of the Lord,
⁠Salvation is of Christ,
May Thy salvation, O Lord, be with as evermore. (2)

Image: by Beverly Stevens photo

  1. https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/st-patricks-breastplate.html
  2. https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_ancient_Irish_church/Chapter_3#cite_ref-1

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