Happy St. Patrick’s Day (one day late)

One day late, but still in time for the South Boston parade, we offer you two prayerful remembrances of St. Patrick’s Day.MQueenIreland

First, from Cardinal Sean’s blog, he recently visited the Mary Queen of Ireland chapel at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and shared a beautiful inscription from the wall of the chapel–a medieval Irish prayer to our Lady:

Holy Mary, if thou wilt, hear thy supplicant;

I put myself under the shelter of thy shield.

When falling in the slippery path,

thou art my smooth supporting hand staff.

There is no hound in fleetness or in chase,

north wind or rapid river,

as quick as the Mother of Christ to the bed of death,

to those who are entitled to her kindly protection.


Prayer of St. Patrick (aka “St. Patrick’s Breast-plate”)

This is supposed to have been composed by St. Patrick in preparation for his victory over Paganism.

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 holyVirgins,
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 falseprophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the falselaws 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,
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.

In a special way, pray to St. Patrick for the future of our archdiocese.

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6 Responses to Happy St. Patrick’s Day (one day late)

  1. Lazarus' Table says:

    If Patrick could drive the snakes out of Ireland maybe he can drive the snakes out of the archdiocese of boston as well.

  2. Marie says:

    Working Cleveland, next stop Boston!

  3. Martina says:

    And let us use this prayer to intercede for the souls of those who disrespect our good clergy and bishops.

    • Marie says:

      Intercession not necessary. No one will disrespect the good clergy and bishops. And, it is they I will pray for.

  4. jay says:

    Thank you for printing that part of Cardinal Sean’s blog which included the Breast-plate prayer of St. Patrick.

  5. BobofNewtn says:

    Hi – An off subject note: Today’s Boston Herald has a story by Erin Smith entitled “Up in Alms Over Salaries”. Thanks, Erin!

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