Patrick's Breastplate

He said, “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go with us.”

Exodus 34:9

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,
far and near,
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.
Christ shield me today
against poison, against burning,
against drowning, against wounding,
so that reward may come to me in abundance.
 St. Patrick

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins.
 Luke 1:76-77
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Christ with me, 
Christ before me, 
Christ behind me, 
Christ within me, 
Christ beneath me, 
Christ above me, 
Christ at my right, 
Christ at my left,
Christ in the heart of all who think of me, 
Christ in the mouth of all who speak to me, 
Christ in the eye of all who see me, 
Christ in the ear of all who hear me.
 St. Patrick
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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