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The Catholic Prayer Book and Manual of Meditations/Prayer composed by St. Patrick

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For other English-language translations of this work, see St. Patrick's Breastplate.

Old Irish Prayer

COMPOSED BY ST. PATRICK.

I BIND myself to-day to a strong virtue in the invocation of the Trinity.

I bind myself to-day to the virtue of Christ’s birth with his baptism, to the virtue of his crucifixion with his burial, to the virtue of his resurrection with his ascension, to the virtue of his coming to the judgment of Doom.

I bind myself to-day to the virtue of the choirs of Cherubim, in the obedience of angels, in the service of Archangels, in the hope of resurrection unto reward, in the prayers of patriarchs, in the predictions of prophets, in the preaching of apostles, in the faith of confessors, in the innocence of holy virgins, in the deeds of righteous men.

I bind myself to-day to the virtue of heaven, in the light of sun, in the brightness of snow, in the splendour of fire, in the speed of lightning, in the swiftness of wind, in the depth of sea, in the stability of earth, in the compactness of rock.

I bind myself to-day to God’s virtue 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 path to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me, God’s host to secure me, against snares of demons, against seductions of vices, against lusts of nature, against everyone who wishes ill to me, afar and anear, alone and in a multitude.

So have I invoked all these virtues to be with me, against every cruel merciless power which may come against my body and my soul; against the incantations of false prophets, against the black laws of heathenry, against the false laws of heretics, against the craft of idolatry, against the spells of druids, against every knowledge that defiles men’s souls.

Christ protect me to-day, against poison, against burning, against drowning, against death-wound, until a multitude of rewards come to me.

Christ be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ below me, Christ above me; Christ at my right, Christ at my left; Christ in the fort, Christ in the chariot, Christ in the poop; Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind myself today to a strong virtue in the invocation of the Trinity. Domini est salus, Domini est salus, Christi est salus, Salus tua Domine sit semper nobiscum.