Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

While I am all for drinking Guinness on St. Pat’s Day (or on any day for that matter!), I think if we raise a toast at all, we should raise it the the man himself…St. Patrick!  The one who, with the power of God’s Holy Spirit, brought the hope of Christ to the celtic people, who previously were rejected by the institutional Roman church, (who really wants to be a part of that anyway!) and in turn basically…long story short, saved civilization!  So raise your glass today not in honor of yourself or your own pleasure, but in honor of a man who gave his life to bring the hope and love of God to a people that no one else wanted or cared for.  So in honor of Patrick, I have posted ‘Patrick’s Breastplate’, which was the prayer he prayed daily before going out.  May it bring you hope in your own life as you repeat the words, and my God bless you this day and everyday.  May it bring you comfort in a time of need and may it bring you joy in a time of sorrow!  Today, St. Patrick, we raise a pint to you…in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit!!   Slainté! 

Patrick’s Breastplate

I rise today in power’s strength, invoking the Trinity,
believing in threeness, confessing the oneness,
of creation’s Creator.
I rise today in the power of Christ’s birth and baptism,
in the power of His crucifixion and burial,
in the power of His rising and ascending,
in the power of His descending and judging. 
I rise today in the power of the love of cherubim,
in the obedience of angels, and service of archangels,
in hope of rising to receive the 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 the righteous. 
I rise today in heavens might,
in sun’s brightness, in moon’s radiance,
in fire’s glory, in lightning’s quickness,
in wind’s swiftness, in sea’s depth,
in earth’s stability, in rock’s fixity.
I rise today with the power of God to pilot me,
God’s strength to sustain me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look ahead for me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to protect me,
God’s way before me,
God’s shield to defend me,
God’s host to deliver me:
from snares of devils,
from evil temptations,
from nature’s failings,
from all who wish to harm me,
far or near,alone or in a crowd.
May Christ protect me today
against poison and burning,
against drowning and wounding,
so that I may have abundant reward;
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me;Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me;
Christ to the right of me, Christ to the left of me;
Christ in my lying, Christ in my sitting, Christ in my rising;
Christ in the heart of all who think of me.
Christ on the tongue of all who speak of me,
Christ in the eye of all who see me,
Christ in the ear of all who hear me.
I rise today in power’s strength, invoking the Trinity,
believing in threeness, confessing the oneness, of creation’s Creator
For to the Lord belongs salvation,
and to the Lord belongs salvation,
and to Christ belongs salvation,
May Your salvation, Lord, be with us always.