The Prayer of St. Patrick

October 4, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

As I was preparing the teaching for this Sunday, I came across The Prayer of St. Patrick. As I read it, I am reminded that those who came before us experienced the same emotions and challenges and fear and hope that we do. Often, we neglect the things of the past as irrelevant and out-dated. This happens in the Church, too. We want the NOW and miss the beauty and profound truths of those who waled before us.

I wanted to share this with you. Obviously St. Patrick is about more than shamrocks and green beer. His words are a reminder of what life is all about (actually, who life is all about). As you read this, take some time to ponder the meaning and importance of each phrase… I found it to be encouraging and powerful!

 

Prayer of St. Patrick

I establish myself today in:

The power of God to guide me,

The might of God to uphold me,

The wisdom of God to teach me,

The eye of God to watch over me,

The ear of God to hear me,

The word of God to speak to me,

The hand of God to protect me,

The way of God to lie before me,

The shield of God to shelter me,

The hosts of God to defend me.

Christ with me, Christ before me,

Christ behind me, Christ above me,

Christ at my right, Christ at my left,

Christ in breadth, Christ in length,

Christ in height…

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks to me,

Christ in the ear of every man who hears me.

Confident in Christ.

It ain’t about me. I need to be reminded of that every day!

Grace and peace…

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