The Thinking 

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

March 17, 2017


REFLECTIONS on the mission of St. Patrick by Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira can be found at Tradition in Action. The words of St. Patrick’s Lorica, the prayer which is the basis of the song in this video, are available here. The great saint’s militance and his love for a particular land are inspiring. Here is an account of his confrontations with Druid priests and here is the story of how he baptized the daughters of King Laeghaire. As Dr. Thomas Droleskey says, “Saint Patrick was not concerned about finding ‘common ground’ with the Druids.” Listen to an audio biography of the saint here.

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 mulitude.

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