Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

St. Patrick's Breastplate (revised)

So, Molly sent this to the FCS listserv, and I sent it on to my best friend (though I'm sure she already knows it).  Because we are us, I gender-inclusified it, though I wasn't sure how to make "patriarchs and matriarchs" -- my improvement from "patriarchs" -- non-gender-binary.  I am also open to input about whether the usage of hearing/seeing reads as ableist.  Last caveat: the references to pagans, witches, etc. make me uncomfortable; my way around it is that it's just listing places from whence people might act to oppose you, but I'm not entirely sold on that.  Comments welcome.

    St. Patrick's Breastplate

    I arise today
    Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
    Through the belief in the threeness,
    Through confession of the oneness
    Of the Creator of Creation.

    I arise today
    Through the strength of Christ's birth with hir baptism,
    Through the strength of hir crucifixion with hir burial,
    Through the strength of hir resurrection with hir ascension,
    Through the strength of hir descent for the judgment of Doom.

    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 and matriarchs ancestors,
    In predictions of prophets,
    In preaching of apostles,
    In faith of confessors,
    In innocence of holy virgins,
    In deeds of righteous persons.

    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 devils,
    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 one'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 everyone 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.
Tags: holidays: st. patrick's day, icons: made by others, on language, prayer, religion

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