Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

The Lorica of Saint Patrick is my favorite prayer. I embroidered and framed part of it for my goddaughter’s baptism (finishing late, but better than never!) I embroidered it on the breast of our son’s baptismal gown. One day I will expand the pattern I followed for my goddaughter and do the whole piece as a wall hanging.

It’s also, unfortunately, a great example of translational murkiness and how literal translations do not always communicate well. Here is my favorite version. I don’t know how accurate the translation is, but it is very Irish.

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.

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 judgement of doom.

I arise today through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
in obedience of Angels,
in the service of the Archangels,
in the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
in prayers of Patriarchs,
in predictions of Prophets,
in preachings of Apostles
in faiths of Confessors,
in innocence of Holy Virgins,
in deeds of righteous men.

I arise today through the strength of Heaven:
light of Sun,
brilliance 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 secure me:
against snares of devils,
against temptations of vices,
against inclinations of nature,
against everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and anear,
alone and in a crowd.

I summon today all these powers between me and these evils,
against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul,
against incantations of false prophets,
against black laws of heathenry,
against false laws of heretics,
against craft of idolatry,
against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
against every knowledge that corrupts my body and soul.

Christ shield me today
against poison,
against burning,
against drowning,
against wounding,
so that there may come abundance of reward.

Christ be with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ below me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
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 of every man who sees me,
Christ in the ear of every man who 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.

 

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2 Responses to Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

  1. mab says:

    I’d always heard the italicized portion, but never knew where it came from. Thanks for posting this!

    (And, can you tell that I’m finally catching up on blog reading with my random comments sprinkled around?!?)

  2. Pingback: Cross Stitched Lorica « Geek Tales

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