Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


St. Patrick’s Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. The following prayer is often called “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” because it seeks God’s protection in a world of both tangible and invisible dangers. Though Patrick of Ireland lived more than 1500 years ago his prayer asking that God himself would cover him is just as relevant today. Who of us haven’t wrestled with the haunting fear of living in this unpredictably world? Patrick’s solution: Run to God!

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through the 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 Day.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of 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 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 demons,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those 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 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 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.

Read this prayer aloud as you head into the teeth of today’s challenges. As you do, wait a moment in silence as God responds to your requests. God’s hands will wrap you in the safety of his presence, for as Paul reminds us, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”



  • Joy Thye

    St Patrick’s Breastplate is such a heartwarming prayer as he lifts Christ above him and asks for God’s Almighty protection against what is around him and within Him.

  • Saint Patrick’s Breastplace

    Oh I how I needed this! I have been lately wondering where I am to go. I don’t want to live in California, I am unemployed; have been for over a year. I don’t even know if I am eligible for an extension. I don’t know where I want to move but I am starting to take steps in looking for work on the East Coast; the only place I ever wanted to be. And then there is my daughter who was brainwashed against me for I believe in God whom I spent the past 13 years in unrevealed sorrow here because I love her. The ways of my childhood are unknown to her; everything I wanted for her has been resisted by a flock of enemies against God. I have prayed for change for so long; my mouth has grown silent but this prayer has given me the hope to forge forward no matter what others may think of my plans. They have not walked in my shoes and all I know I am not supposed to be so unhappy and unfulfilled as a daughter of God. So please everyone out there pray for me. I love you all.

  • http://subdividedmiskin.blogspot.com Antoinette Hicks

    If I had a penny for each time I came to blog.beliefnet.com! Amazing writing.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jackie Collins

    Thank you for the prayer. I need to be reassured that God is protecting me and my family.

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