Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day today. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and was a priest and then a bishop there in the 4th century. He is known to have converted many to the Christian path, and to have used everyday things as symbols to teach the faith, including the shamrock as a symbol of the Trinity.
So today, pray these words of Saint Patrick:
I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.
I arise today through the strength of Christ's birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and 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 obedience of angels, in service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs, in preachings of the apostles, in faiths of confessors,
in innocence of virgins, in deeds of righteous men.
I arise today through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth, Firmness of the 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 hosts to save me
From snares of the devil, from temptations of vices, from every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear, Alone or in a mulitude.
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 in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness, Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.