Christ stilling the waves

The Trumpeteer

St. Patrick's Breastplate

I bind unto myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind unto myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His Crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind unto myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,

I bind to myself today
The prayers of Patriarchs,
The predictions of Prophets,
The preaching of Apostles,
The faith of Confessors,
The purity of holy Virgins,
The deeds of righteous men.

I bind unto myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind.
The depth of the sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind unto myself today
God's Power to guide me,
God's Might to uphold me,
God's Wisdom to teach me,

I bind unto myself today,
God's Eye to watch over me,
God's Ear to hear me,
God's Word to give me speech,

I bind unto myself today,
God's Hand to guide me,
God's Way to lie before me,
God's Host to secure me,
God's Shield to shelter me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,

God's Shield to shelter me,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,

I invoke today all these virtues
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.
Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ within 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 fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ at the helm.
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

St Patrick

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