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The following is a portion of the prayer known as ST. PATRICK'S BREASTPLATE
It is found in the ancient Book of Armagh, dated from the early ninth century. It is said
that the saint wrote the prayer to strengthen himself in preparation of confronting  and
converting Loegaire, high king of Ireland. This particular translation was written in 1889
by Cecil Frances Alesander, a woman, at the request of the Dean of the Chapel Royal
at Dublin Castle. It is in lilting, metrical form, designed for use in the church's hymnal.


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 heart 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.
By whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

St. Patrick (ca. 373 - March 17, 493)
Patron saint of Ireland


Much of the story surrounding St. Patrick is the stuff of legend, but we do know
that he was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century.
At the age of 16 he was taken prisoner by Irish raiders from his parents' estate.
Held for six years, he worked as a shepherd, becoming closer to God in his lonely
solitude. He escaped captivity and walked almost 200 miles to the Irish coast. Back
home, he was given a vision in a dream that told him to return to Ireland. He studied for
  15 years to become a priest. Retuning to Ireland, he began incorporating traditional pagan
Irish beliefs into Christianity as a means of converting the native population. Since the
Irish were accustomed to honoring their gods with fire, he utilized bonfires at Easter.To
introduce them to the symbol of the cross, he superimposed a pagan sun onto it, creating
what we know as the Celtic Cross. And while legend has it that St. Patrick drove the snakes
from Ireland, in truth, the island never had snakes. The myth probably evolved as a meta-
phor for the eradication of pagan practices from Ireland, for within 200 years of St.
Patrick's efforts, Ireland was a completely Christianized society.



Wherever there is sunshine,
Hope it shines especially for you to make each day
for you as bright as it can be.

May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow.
May the soft winds freshen your spirit.
May the sunshine brighten your heart.
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you.
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.

May the good saints protect you,
and bless you today.
And may troubles ignore you,
each step of the way.

May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you.
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

And now, the Last Word:

Step out in faith with boldness and daring,
knowing that God's angels have already
made a way for you in the wilderness.

Excerpted from "The Angels' Little Instruction Book,"
by Eileen Elias Freeman
Warner Books, 1994



























Bonus quote:

Sometime when you have a few spare moments, try to think of some
other basic principle that would cure all the world's ill faster than the
Golden Rule put into practice.

From the "Friendly Adventurer"


On today's
Home Page:

St. Patrick;
Irish blessing;
Eileen Elias



Friday's site:
Times of Struggle