The Breastplate of St. Patrick

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I arise today
Through a mighty strength:
The Invocation of the Trinity
Through a belief in the Threeness
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s
Birth with His Baptism
Through the strength of His
Crucifixion with His Burial
Through the strength of His
Resurrection with His Ascension
Through the strength of His descent
on the Day of Judgment.

I arise today
Through the strength
of the love of the Cherubim.
In obedience of Angels
In the service of Archangels
In hope of Resurrection
to meet with reward.
In prayers of Patriarchs
In predictions of Prophets
In preaching of Apostles
In the faith of Confessors
In innocence of holy virgins
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of Heaven:
Light of sun, radiance of moon
Splendor of fire, speed of lightning
Swiftness of wind, depth of sea
Stability of Earth, firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me
God’s might to uphold me
God’s wisdom to guide me
God’s eye to look before me
God’s ear to hear me
God’s word to speak for me
God’s hand to guard me
God’s way to lie before me
God’s shield to protect me
God’s host to save me.

From snares of devils
From temptations of vices
From everyone who shall wish me ill
Both far and near
alone and among many.

I summon today all these powers
Between me and these evils:
Against every cruel, merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul
Against incantations of false prophets
Against black laws of pagandom
Against false laws of heretics
Against craft and idolatry
Against spells of witches
and smiths and wizards
Against every knowledge that
corrupts man’s body and soul.

Christ to shield me today
Against poison and burning
Against drowning and wounding
So that there may come to me
an abundance of reward.
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
thinks speaks of me
Christ in every eye that sees me
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength
The Invocation of the Trinity
Through a belief in the Threeness
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

Salvation is of the Lord
Salvation is of Christ
May Thy salvation, O Lord,
be with us forever.

Salvation is of the Lord
Salvation is of Christ
May Thy salvation, O Lord,
be with us forever.

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