“Let Us Pray” – St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Patrick is the beloved patron saint of Ireland. While it’s uncertain if this prayer was written by Patrick himself, it’s well over 1200 years old, and has been set to music on many occasions. This prayer is often called St. Patrick’s “Breastplate,” referring to the shield of protection he seeks from God. There are various versions of this prayer, and what we see below is actually just a small portion of its entirety.
This prayer is powerful in a couple of ways. First, the words remind us of the salvation we have in Jesus, and that he never abandons us. Second, the prayer is our challenge to see Christ always surrounding us. As you ponder this prayer for yourself, wonder how your life might be impacted if you truly believe that Christ is “with, before, behind, in, beneath, and above” you at all times; in “every heart thinking of you, every mouth speaking to you, every eye seeing you, and every ear hearing you”? Let us pray:
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 where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, Lord, be ever with us. Amen.
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