Friday, February 10, 2006

I bind unto myself today

This is a prayer that tradition attributes to St. Patrick [372-466], an amazing Christian missionary. This prayer is linked with spiritual protection, protection from powers of evil -- consciously placing oneself under Divine authority, spirit, soul and body...and taking that authority as a way of life. Fittingly, it is called, “St. Patrick’s Breastplate,” a fine title indeed; for one who takes this prayer honestly, as breastplate of heart, will find the fiery darts and swords of less effect. May you take the essence of this prayer into your heart this day, this year!

A prayer of Patrick, son of God

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One, and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever,
By power of faith, Christ's Incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan River;
His death on cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spic’d tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom:
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet "Well done" in judgment hour;
The service of the seraphim;
Confessors' faith, apostles' word,
The patriarchs' prayers, the prophets' scrolls;
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven
The glorious sun's life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken, to my need;
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Christ be with me,
Christ within me,
Christ behind me,
Christ before me,
Christ beside me,
Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort
And restore me.
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ in quiet,
Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of
All that love me,
Christ in mouth of
Friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One, and One in Three.
Of whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord!



Patrick O'Hannigan said...

Not the first time we're thinking along similar lines. I quoted from this prayer in a post February 2nd, but I like that you posted the whole thing.

Loy Mershimer said...

If I'm thinking along similar lines as you, Patrick, I must be doing something right! :-)

Seriously, thinking about it, you have a great namesake!