Saint Patrick’s Day

This is a reminder to wear some green today as St. Patrick’s is that one day of the year where everyone celebrates their own Irishness. Some do this by drinking copious amounts of green beer, eating corned beef and cabbage or simply by wearing the green. How ever you want to celebrate the life of a Saint. Patrick according to legends taught the trinity using a shamrock, driving the snake from Ireland, and his walking stick grew into a tree. The Breastplate of St. Patrick is a prayer that is associated with him.  This is the shorter modern version of the prayer that can fit on a prayer card

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 see 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 host to secure me –
against snares of devils,
against temptations and vices,
against inclinations of nature,
against everyone who shall wish me
ill, afar and anear,
alone and in a crowd…
Christ, be 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 where I lie, Christ where I sit,
Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

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