St. Patrick’s Breastplate

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What a wonderful prayer/confession/affirmation.

The Lorica, or St. Patrick’s Breastplate

I arise today
With a mighty power,
Calling on the name of the Holy Trinity,
Affirming His Threeness,
Confessing His Oneness,
Thanking my Creator, loving His Creation.

I arise today
Made strong by Christ’s coming.
Made strong by His Baptism.
Made strong by His crucifixion, and resurrection, and ascension.
Made strong by His coming to meet me at the day of doom.

I arise today
Strengthened by the power of seraphim
Strengthened by the obedience of angels
Strengthened by the presence of archangels
Strengthened by the communion of saints
Strengthened by the prayers of the fathers
Strengthened by the predictions of prophets
Strengthened by the preaching of apostles
Strengthened by the innocence of holy virgins
Strengthened by the deeds of holy and steadfast men.

I arise today
Under the strength of sky
The light of the sun
The beauty of the moon
The glory of fire
The swiftness of lightning
The wildness of wind
The depth of the ocean
The firmness of earth
And the hardness of rock.

I arise today
With God’s strength to pilot me
With God’s might to uphold me
With God’s wisdom to guide me
With God’s eye to look out for me
With God’s ear to hear me
With God’s word to speak for me
With God’s hand to defend me
With God’s way to lie before me
With God’s shield to protect me
With God’s legions to safeguard me from the snare of demons
From evil enticements, from the failings of Nature
And from all who wish me ill, near and far
Whether alone or in crowds.

I summon all these to protect me body and soul
Against every wicked power that stands against me
Against the wild words of false prophets
Against the dark ways of the heathen
Against the false ways of the heretic
Against the false gods all around me
Against the magic and idolatry
Against the spells of smiths, witches, and warlocks
Against every false love that snares body and soul.

Be Christ, this day, my strong protector!
Against poison and burning
Against drowning and wounding
So I may come to enjoy your rich reward.

Christ beside me, Christ before me
Christ behind me, Christ within me
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ on my right side, Christ on my left
Christ in my lying, Christ in my sitting, Christ in my rising
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me
Christ in the mouth of every eye that sees me
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
With a mighty power!
With my shield–the Holy Trinity,
Affirming His Threeness,
Confessing His Oneness,
Thanking my Creator,
Loving His Creation.
Salvation comes from the Lord
Salvation comes from Jesus Christ!
Let your salvation, O Lord, be with us always!

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