Christian Morning Meditation

Christian Morning Meditation

Find strength and peace to greet the day with Beliefnet's morning meditation, based on a beloved Irish prayer.

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The Prayer

This Irish prayer is attributed to Saint Patrick and often referred to as the "breastplate" of St. Patrick--words that shield.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;

The Music
"Ode to Brigid/Ave Maris Stella" is from the CD Welcome Brigid by Katy Taylor.

Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Swiftness of wind,

Depth of the 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 hand to guard me.

Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding:

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,

Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,

Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ in me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of Creation.

Art design: Bill Safsel
Art direction: Joanna Choy
Music: Katy Taylor
Voice talent: Lauren Berst
Editorial direction: Laura Sheahen
Text adapted by Laura Sheahen