Arise and Remember

by | Mar 17, 2012 | Saturday, Uncategorized

The Breastplate of St. Patrick

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.

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.

In a few hours the smell of lamb stew bubbling on the stove and Irish soda bread baking in the oven will permeate our home as we prepare to celebrate with friends.  Our Irish roots travel deep and wide along our ancestral tree. H’s mother is a Healey, one hundred percent Irish.

While I prepare to stir the pot and wear my green, I am thinking of you too.   After the landslide reaction I was unprepared for to yesterday’s post on what brave looks like for me, I remember how St. Patrick’s bravery changed the landscape of an entire country for Christ. 

Because we can do that too. Change the landscape of our town, our community, our state, our country, our world – one person at a time. Shall we? Let’s be brave together.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day friends!

You may also listen to the Breastplate of St. Patrick in audio version by our dear friend Brian Hardin at Daily Audio Bible

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  1. ljbmom

    Oh, ugh. Lost two comments and had to reset the password. I’m always a day behind 🙂
    Anyway…Happy St. Patty’s day, Lassie. Have a sweet time with your family. I just read your brave post too and am sitting with those words. Love you.

    • Redemption's Beauty

      I know Laura, WP is giving everyone a test in patience over the last few days. Thanks for perservering and leaving me a comment. ALWAYS love hearing from you and your sweet spirit that resonates through all your words.

  2. Jody Collins

    Shelly–I don’t think I’d ever read St. Patrick’s prayer in its entirety, but do recall the “Christ beneath, Christ above me…” lines. Thank you for this reminder of our heritage. I look forward to meeting this saint in Heaven some day. blessings to your family.

  3. Debbie Petras (@Panda444)

    Beautifully written. I now must go back and read your post on bravery. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    Blessings and love,

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Thanks Debbie, good to hear from you on this day of celebration!

  4. wynnegraceappears

    Shelly, your post yesterday was tender, strong, and beautifully BRAVE. Thank you for sharing your gifts, always real, always so lovely, and always wrapped up in His blessing and Love. Look forward daily to what your sweet hand pens. Elizabeth

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Elizabeth, thank you so much. I believe you have the gift of encouraging words my friend. And it is a pleasure to watch you bloom and be brave in this writing world as well.

  5. debra elramey (@elramey)

    May you always have walls for the winds,
    a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
    laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
    and all your heart might desire.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day Shelly! Enjoy the feast!

    • Redemption's Beauty

      Debra, I have that Irish blessing in the form of a card someone sent me once. It hangs behind my computer on a memory board, so I see it every day. I love that one. And I do drink tea, every day! Thank you.

  6. Lyla Lindquist

    Lassie. Laura is so cute. 😉

    Thanks for posting this, Shelly. A very strengthening prayer.

  7. Sandra Heska King

    Definitely a prayer to soak in. Thank you for this, Shelly. Love to you today.

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