I Arise Today

Many of the day’s parades have been cancellecd, but today is still St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick has never been a saint that has occupied a great space in my heart.   But I have always loved the prayer of St. Patrick that sometimes referred to as St. Patrick’s “Breastplate Prayer.”  It seems a particularly apt prayer during this time of pandemic in which we are living.

I have seen several versions of the Breastplate Prayer.  This is the one that speaks to me and I invite you to pray it today:

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the 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 way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
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 in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.