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Prayers of the Saints – A Prayer of Petition by St. Patrick of Ireland

March 17, 2015

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We’ll be celebrating a Celtic Holy Eucharist together at St. Paul’s at 10 a.m. on March 22, in honour of St. Patrick of Ireland (c. 389 – c. 461). The following prayer is based on St. Patrick’s Breastplate, which, though mainly from the Sixth Century, may have parts that go back to St. Patrick himself. It’s taken from the Morning Prayer Daily Office in the book Celtic Daily Prayer by the Northumbria Community.

saint-patrick-2Christ, as a light
illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield
overshadow me.
Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.

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Embedded below is a version of the Eighth Century Irish hymn  “Be Thou My Vision,” sung by Eden’s Bridge. We’ll be singing this hymn at our 8:30 and 10 a.m. Services on March 22.

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