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Tuesday March 17, 2020 All Day
Annually on March 17


Saint Patrick


Bishop and Apostle to the Irish


d. 461 A.D


Icon retrieved from the Orthodox Church in America.

(https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/1949/03/17/100821-saint-patrick-bishop-of-armagh-enlightener-of-ireland)


PRAYER (traditional language):

Almighty God, who in thy providence didst choose thy servant Patrick to be the apostle of the Irish people, to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of thee: Grant us so to walk in that light, that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen.


The Lorica, Or, St Patrick's Breastplate

"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 forever,

By power of faith, Christ's Incarnation;

His baptism in the Jordan river;

His death on cross for my salvation;

His bursting from the spiced tomb;

His riding up he 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 judgement 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.

[Against the demon snares of sin,

The vice that gives temptation force,

The natural lusts that war within,

The hostile men that mar my course;

Of few or many, far or nigh,

In every place, and in all hours

Against their fierce hostility,

I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan's spells and wiles,

Against false words of heresy,

Against the knowledge that defiles

Against the heart's idolatry,

Against the wizard's evil craft,

Against the death-wound and the burning

The choking wave and poisoned shaft,

Protect me, Christ, till thy returning.]

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 the Name,

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."


To learn about Saint Pratrick, click the link below.

http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/124.html




 

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