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St Patrick Prayers – Breastplate Prayer, Irish Blessing, & Chaplet

The St. Patrick Prayers are a series of prayers that are dedicated to St. Patrick. The main prayer is called the St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer, which is an excellent prayer for St. Patrick’s day or to pray in the morning …

The St. Patrick Prayers are a series of prayers that are dedicated to St. Patrick. The main prayer is called the St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer, which is an excellent prayer for St. Patrick’s day or to pray in the morning to start your day.

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer

The Prayer of Saint Patrick is sometimes called the Breastplate Prayer or the “Lorica” prayer. Lorica is the Latin word for a Roman cuirass that can be made from metal or leather. There are a few different versions of the prayer a short version and a long version. Both Saint Patrick prayers are below.

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer – Short Version

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.

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer – Long Version

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 multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and evil,

Against every cruel merciless power that opposes 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 women and smiths and wizards,

Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.

Christ shield me today

Against poison, against burning,

Against drowning, against wounding,

So that reward may come to me in abundance.

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.

Irish Blessing

Irish Blessing - Saint Patrick's Prayer

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Prayer for the Faithful by Saint Patrick

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

Saint Patrick Chaplet

On the prayer medal, start by saying The Apostle’s Creed

On Each of the 12 Beads:

Say One Glory Be

And

Through the intercession of St. Patrick, may God Almighty strengthen my faith and grant the grace of faith to others.

Amen.

Concluding Prayer:

The Breastplate of St. Patrick
Christ as a light,
Illumine and guide me!
Christ as a shield, o’ershadow and cover me!
Christ be under me! Christ be over me!
Christ be beside me, On the left hand and right!
Christ be before me, behind me, about me;
Christ this day be within and without me!

1 thought on “St Patrick Prayers – Breastplate Prayer, Irish Blessing, & Chaplet”

  1. I love this prayer so much, thank you for your help and guidance on this prayer l really appreciate you who stand, for us in prayer

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