Saturday, March 16, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, St. Patrick's Breastplate Prayer, Set Dancing, Spiritual Songs by Carmel Boyle and Noirin Ni Riain

May your hearts be filled with deep peace and joy as you celebrate the goodness of life and the joy of love. 

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 God of creation.

This prayer is known widely as “Morning Prayer,” “StPatrick's Breastplate,” or “The Lorica.” It's not known whether StPatrick is actually the author or whether someone else wrote it years later and it was attributed to StPatrick. But it is widely associated with him and his ministry.

Irish Set Dancing

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