Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Saint Patrick~ Pray for us!

Fun traditions surround this Saint's day...
Dressing in green,
eating corned beef and cabbage (and potatoes),
singing Irish hymns,
dancing an Irish jig!

Coming from an Irish (and Scottish) family as I do,
I have many fond memories of this special day.
(And some not-so-fond memories, like the times my mom dyed the milk green!
Somehow our breakfast cereal just didn't taste right with green milk...)

What's on your menu tonight?
No green milk, I hope!

Zachary chose Saint Patrick as his patron saint when he was confirmed in the faith two years ago this May.
Happy Feast Day to all Patricks, especially to our Zachary Michael Patrick and to my mom, Patricia!

Saint Patrick's prayer:
(or "St. Patrick's Breast-Plate")

I bind to myself today

The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,

In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God's Power to guide me,
God's Might to uphold me,
God's Wisdom to teach me,
God's Eye to watch over me,
God's Ear to hear me,
God's Word to give me speech,
God's Hand to guide me,
God's Way to lie before me,
God's Shield to shelter me,
God's Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,

Against the spells of ... druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.


Anonymous said...

of course green milk!!!!Gotta be done green french toast green potatoes...the whole nine yards xxoo your sister

Sheila Hughes said...

I love that prayer of St. Patrick. A wonderful one to meditate on. St. Patrick's Day is a favorite around here. My grandmother was 100% Irish and proud of it!