Soul Food for Friday: The Lorica of St. Patrick

With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, and being part Irish myself, it seemed like an easy decision for this week’s Soul Food for Friday — a prayer of St. Patrick. Turns out there are numerous ones, those that are edited to brevity and those that are edited to even remove the Trinity. Though not a St. Patrick expert, I know that he was a champion of the Trinity. That’s what led me to the Lorica of St. Patrick. Lorica stands for protection, and may the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit protect you this day not with simply the blessing of St. Patrick but the greater blessing of His power and presence at work in your life.

File:Kilbennan St. Benin's Church Window St. Patrick Detail 2010 09 16.jpg

Thanks to Andreas F. Borchert and WikiCommons for St. Patrick Stained Glass Picture at St. Benin’s Church, Kilbennnan, County Galway, Ireland

 The Lorica of St. Patrick

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preachings of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

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
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.
Christ shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that reward may come to me in abundance.

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 every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation

This one is from my files from 13 years ago and my thanks to this web site for the wording: http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/cheyouth/prayer.htm and today typing that in my web browser led to AOL Life Stream.

St. Patrick reminds me not only of the power of the Trinity, but the power of the presence of Christ in every day life as well as the every day challenge of seeing Christ in all that is at work around me. What part of his “lorica” speaks to you today?

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