St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Christ be with me,

Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort me

and restore me,
Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Prayer for the Faithful

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.

Lorica of St. Patrick

I bind to myself today

the strong virtue of the invocation of the Trinity:

I believe the Trinity in the unity

the Creator of the universe.

I bind to myself today

the virtue of the incarnation of Christ with his baptism,

the virtue of his crucifixion with his burial,

the virtue of his resurrection with his ascension,

the virtue of his coming on the Judgment Day.

I bind to myself today

the virtue of the love of seraphim,

in the obedience of angels,

in the hope of resurrection unto reward,

in prayers of patriarchs,

in predictions of prophets,

in preaching of apostles,

in faith of confessors,

in purity of holy virgins,

in deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today

the power of Heaven,

the light of the sun,

the brightness of the moon,

the splendor of fire,

the flashing of lightning,

the swiftness of wind,

the depth of sea,

the stability of earth,

the compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today

God’s power to guide me,

God’s might to uphold me,

God’s wisdom to teach me,

God’s eye to watch over me,

God’s ear to hear me,

God’s word to give me speech,

God’s hand to guide me,

God’s way to lie before me,

God’s shield to shelter me,

God’s host to secure me,

against the snares of demons,

against the seductions of vices,

against the lusts of nature,

against everyone who meditates injury to me,

whether far or near,

whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues

against every hostile merciless power,

which may assail

my body and my soul,

against the incantations

of false prophets,

against the black laws

of heathenism,

against the false laws of heresy,

against the deceits of idolatry,

against the spells of women and smiths and Druids,

against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today

against every poison, against burning,

against drowning, against death-wound,

that I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ within me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ at my right,

Christ at my left,

Christ in the fort,

Christ in the chariot seat,

Christ in the deck,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today

the strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,

I believe the Trinity in the unity

the Creator of the universe.

St. Patrick’s Farewell Blessing

St. Patrick spent seven years in Munster where he founded monastic cells and churches, performed ordinations, healed the sick and, according to legend, resuscitated the dead. This is his farewell and blessing, as recorded in the bishop’s Life:

A blessing on the Munster people,
men, youths, and women;
a blessing on the land
that yields them fruit.

A blessing on every treasure
that shall be produced

on their plains,
without anyone being

in want of help,
God’s blessing be on Munster.

A blessing be on their peaks,
on their bare flagstones,
a blessing on their glens,
a blessing on their ridges.

Like the sand of the sea under ships,
be the number of their hearths;
on slopes, on plains,
on mountains, on hills,

a blessing.

Lent With St. Patrick

" Fast, since he fasted.

" Accept hardship and ridicule for your beliefs, just as he did.

" Reject the false gods of money, pleasure and power, since he rejected the false gods of the Druids.

" Confess your sins in the sacrament of confession, and then you can say like Patrick in his Confessions, “my conscience is clear now and hereafter.”

— Begin each day with prayer, and continue with prayer to the end, as Patrick did every day.

— Know the doctrines of the Church, for Patrick knew them well enough to convert a nation.

— Center your spirituality on Christ, since he was Patrick’s only standard.

— Fall in love with Christ, just as Patrick loved him passionately.

— Learn all you can about Christ, since only then can you love him.

— Flee from the slavery of sin, just as Patrick fled earthly slavery.

— Tell others about the faith, since Patrick was a missionary.

— Devote yourself to making America Catholic, since Patrick devoted himself to making Ireland Catholic and thereby changed the history of the world.

— Pray for the help of the Trinity, through the intercession of St. Patrick, to give you the faith, hope and love you need to imitate this great saint.