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An Ancient Prayer For This Day

March 17, 2020
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I’m a Protestant. Born and bred one. I’d never been in a Catholic church until I was in my late 40’s. Can you believe it? One has no control over their origins.

But when I read How the Irish Saved Civilization, I brushed up against a saint who’s become one of my favorite historical figures. St. Patrick. He didn’t actually drive the snakes out of Ireland. They didn’t even have cars when he was alive. Protestant joke. He was, though, a central figure in Ireland pulling itself out of and away from the deeply entrenched paganism in it’s DNA.

He loved God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength, and brought the grace of Christ to the emerald island. If you’re looking for a little personal enrichment while you’re quarantined, do some research on Patrick. Here’s a link if you want a place to start: https://www.biography.com/religious-figure/saint-patrick Even if he doesn’t become your favorite saint, I bet you’ll be blessed by his story.

With all the confusion and conflicting data that’s pouring froth from every direction these days about the horribly diseased condition of our planet, my friend, Patrick offers a prayer of sanity and peace. It’s reported to have been composed by him in the mid-600’s, but the message is as fresh as if he’d written it this morning.

Take a deep breath and read this slowly, out loud. I hope it breathes grace and peace into your heart as it did for me.

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
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
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 everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

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