St. Patrick’s Prayer

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I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever.
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
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I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet ‘well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

St. Patrick-Saint and Legend.

At age 14, a boy named Patrick was captured from his homeland of Scotland by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years as a shepherd/slave.  By his own confession, he grew up knowing about God, but not loving God.  The forced imprisonment left him completely alone and away everything familiar to him.  He sat for years watching sheep, and like King David in the Bible spent his hours and days listening and talking to God. 

In his early twenties, he had a dream where he said God told him to leave because his ship was waiting for him.  He ran through the dark, through swamps and hills over 200 miles and escaped by ship, returning to his family.  His family asked him to swear he’d stay close to them forever, since they already lost him once.  He had another dream a few years later that prompted him to return to the people in Ireland he had grown to love and share the Gospel of Jesus with them. 

I really enjoyed this short biography of St. Patrick.  Jonathan Rogers shares the legends of St. Patrick alongside the facts we know about him through his own writings.  I was fascinated with the legends that grew and grew over the years about St. Patrick and his ministry.  No, he was not the first Christian in Ireland, No, he really didn’t drive all the snakes out, and no, he wasn’t the first Bishop of Ireland-all new and surprising news to me.

This is a really great read, and I highly recommend it to anyone, especially as St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner.  Reading this book made St. Patrick come alive to me with all his passion for Jesus and the people of Ireland that he loved and gave his life for.

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