Write Your Own Breastplate Prayer, in Imitation of St. Patrick

A stained glass image of Saint Patrick at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Port Clinton, Ohio.
Credit: ‘Nheyob’, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
St. Patrick's breastplate prayer (433 AD)  is a beautiful one to invoke this morning.  Can you feel the beautiful power with which it begins:  "I arise today / Through a mighty strength. . ./Through confession of the Oneness/of the Creator of creation."  First, we arise through the strength of our God.

Secondly, we arise today through the beauty and power of God's creation:  "The strength of heaven/The light of the sun/The radiance of the moon,/The splendor of fire. . . .
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Today, consider writing your own Breastplate Prayer, taking St. Patrick's as your model.  

For example, if I were to write a portion "The Breastplate Prayer of Kim," I would first look at what is right around me--my family, morning tea, the daffodils in my backyard.  Take the beginning of each line of St. Patrick's prayer as a template.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength of God who knows me,
Who holds the world in loving hands,
Whose Spirit winds around every person and plant and rock,
Who hems me in before and behind.

I arise today through the strength of my community,
Through the kindness of my neighbors,
The tenderness of my family,
The presence of the cloud of witnesses,
The prayers of my parents.

I arise today through the beauty
Of spring sunshine lighting the early daffodils,
the cries of gulls above the Puget Sound,
the wings of the bald eagle that circles the sky above my neighborhood,
the nurture of tea and toast and freshly peeled oranges.

I arise today, through
the Spirit who accompanies us,
God's provision that makes our bodies strong,
God's grace that indwells our minds and hearts,
God's word that became flesh and dwelt among us,
God's mercy that knows no bounds.

I can't but help end with these familiar and strong words of St. Patrick's Prayer:

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 when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
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A Great Opportunity for this Week:

A Grace friend sent me this lovely opportunity, to join in "A Novena for Times of Unravelling" at Abbey of the Arts.


This opportunity is free, with easy enrollment, and I'm drawn to the Day One (today), the Feast of St, Patrick, with its encircling prayer:  Whom Can I Call for Protection?"

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