A Prayer of St. Patrick of Ireland

The prayer quoted below is attributed to Ireland’s patron, Saint Patrick. It is simple, it is beautiful, and it is, at the same time, highly practical and profoundly mystical.

I arise today

Through the strength of heaven;

Light of the sun,

Splendor of fire,

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 hand to guard me.

 

 

Afar or anear,

Alone or in a multitude.

 

 

Christ shield me today

Against wounding;

 

 

Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

 

 

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

 

 

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ in me.

 

 

I arise today

Through the mighty strength

Of the Lord of Creation.

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