Prayers for Saint Patrick’s Day

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Prayers for Saint Patrick's Day

Today, March 17, is, of course, Saint Patrick’s Day, and while it is widely cel­e­brated in the USA with green beer, parades, and corned beef and cab­bage, we would do well to remem­ber that it is a day to remem­ber a Catholic Saint, and to pray. Saint Patrick is not just the patron saint of Ire­land and for Engi­neers, he is also the patron saint of Nige­ria, and Nigeria’s Chris­tians cer­tainly need your prayers.

Here is the Prayer for the Faith­ful, by Saint Patrick:

May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God pre­serve us.
May the Wis­dom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God pro­tect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
– Against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forever­more. Amen.

Here is a prayer to Saint Patrick:

Dear St. Patrick,
in your humil­ity you called your­self a sin­ner,
but you became a most suc­cess­ful mis­sion­ary
and prompted count­less pagans
to fol­low the Sav­iour.
Many of their descen­dents in turn
spread the Good News in numer­ous for­eign lands.
Through your pow­er­ful inter­ces­sion with God,
obtain the mis­sion­ar­ies we need
to con­tinue the work you began.
Amen.

Saint Patrick’s Breast­plate, also known as the Lor­ica of Saint Patrick and the Faeth Fiada, is pow­er­ful and popular:

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invo­ca­tion of the Trin­ity,
Through belief in the Three­ness,
Through 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 for the judg­ment of doom.
I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cheru­bim,
In the obe­di­ence of angels,
In the ser­vice of archangels,
In the hope of res­ur­rec­tion to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patri­archs,
In the pre­dic­tions of prophets,
In the preach­ing of apos­tles,
In the faith of con­fes­sors,
In the inno­cence of holy vir­gins,
In the deeds of right­eous men.
I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radi­ance of the moon,
The splen­dor of fire,
The speed of light­ning,
The swift­ness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The sta­bil­ity of the earth,
The 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 shield to pro­tect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of dev­ils,
From temp­ta­tion of vices,
From every­one who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.
I sum­mon today
All these pow­ers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and 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 of 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, against burn­ing,
Against drown­ing, against 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 every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every­one who 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 belief in the Three­ness,
Through con­fes­sion of the One­ness
of the Cre­ator of creation.

A safe, blessed and happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you all!

*******

MJ Steven­son, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla​.com. She lives in a wood­land shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her fam­ily and a large pack of guardian com­pan­ion ani­mals – includ­ing Siber­ian Husky Dal­ma­t­ian Lab Pup­pies and their par­ents.

Today, March 17, is, of course, Saint Patrick’s Day, and while it is widely celebrated in the USA with green beer, parades, and corned beef and cabbage, we would do well to remember that it is a day to remember a Catholic Saint, and to pray. Saint Patrick is not just the patron saint of Ireland and for Engineers, he is also the patron saint of Nigeria, and Nigeria’s Christians certainly need your prayers.

Here is the Prayer for the Faithful, by Saint Patrick:

May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
– Against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.

Here is a prayer to Saint Patrick:

Dear St. Patrick,
in your humility you called yourself a sinner,
but you became a most successful missionary
and prompted countless pagans
to follow the Saviour.
Many of their descendents in turn
spread the Good News in numerous foreign lands.
Through your powerful intercession with God,
obtain the missionaries we need
to continue the work you began.
Amen.

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, also known as the Lorica of Saint Patrick and the Faeth Fiada, is powerful and popular:

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through 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 for the judgment of doom.
I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.
I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The 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 shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.
I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and 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 of 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, against burning,
Against drowning, against 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 every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who 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 belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

A safe, blessed and happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you all!

*******

MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals – including Siberian Husky Dalmatian Lab Puppies and their parents.