St. Patrick’s Day

Any festival has its cultural connotations and often we get carried away by its external celebrations while losing the perspective of the essentials. We could easily get lost in the revelry.St. Patrick’s Day is associated with a man who loved God and His people immensely.
And yet, if we know the heart of this man who loved Christ immensely and said the following prayer, “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”, we certainly can imitate St. Patrick and become the kind of the missionary who was aglow with zeal for God and for the people. We can become time and again aware of immense love of God for each of us.
St. Patrick’s Breastplate is contained in the ancient Book of Armagh, from the early ninth century. along with Patrick’s authentic “Confession.” St. Patrick’s Breastplate is his prayer to strengthen himself with God’s protection as he prepared to confront and convert Loegaire, high king of Ireland. Whether we are Irish or not, we certainly can be catholic (the faith that is universally accepted) at heart!
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 women, and smiths, and 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, [i.e., at home]
Christ in the chariot seat, [i.e., travelling by land]
Christ in the poop. [i.e., travelling by water]
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.

Romans 8:28 rings again: For those who love God all things will turn unto good.
St. Patrick’s own younger days in slavery, gave him the vision to proclaim the triune God to the people of Ireland in symbols and concepts that were very near and dear to their heart. If you see Shamrock today, don’t forget that it is the sign St. Patrick used to explain God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
May St. Patrick’s Breastplate be our own prayer as we wake ourselves each morning to a new day
And here is the video that narrates a portion from St. Patrick’s Diary:

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