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St. Patrick’s Prayer

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Butchart Garden, Victoria, B.C.

Butchart Garden, Victoria, B.C. (Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly)

The Prayer of St. Patrick

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 near,
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.

~ Author Anonymous

(This prayer, found on Belief Net,  is in the public domain)

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3 responses to “St. Patrick’s Prayer

  1. kendawn@sasktel.net

    March 17, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Love this prayer/poem! Thanks for posting, Violet!! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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  2. cvarsalona

    March 17, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Wonderful photo, Violet, to accompany the prayer. Thank you.

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      March 17, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Why, thank you, Carol! It’s from a visit to these gardens several years ago, and one of my favorites.

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