Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Many who celebrate don’t have much of a clue about the first Christian missionary to Ireland who lived in 5th century.  I thought I would share with you a rather well-known prayer that is attributed to him – “The Shield of St. Patrick.”

I bind unto myself today the strong name of the trinity,
by invocation of the same, the Three in One, the One in Three.

I bind this day to me forever by power of faith Christ’s incarnation,
His baptism in the Jordan river, his death on the cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spiced tomb, his riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, his might to stay, his ear to harken to my need,
The wisdom of my God to teach, his hand to guide, his shield to ward,
The Word of God to give me speech, his heavenly host to be my guard.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me;
Christ to comfort and restore me;
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the name, the strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three,
Of whom all nature hath creation, eternal Father, Spirit, Word;
Praise to the God of my salvation, salvation is of Christ the Lord!

Jesus Christ is our rock, refuge and shield.

  1. Shane,

    This is really good! Thanks for sharing it! I have something on St Patrick that I got a few years ago as I was studying some doctrine. Now,, I have no clue to which folder that is in..maybe someday I will get totally organized. MAYBE!! At the rate I am going,
    Jesus will be back first! ahahah !

    Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. St. Patrick was also originally Welsh before he was kidnapped by Irish slave traders, so I don't feel that bad about forgetting to celebrate St. David's day (Wales' patron saint) this year since St. Patrick is 2 for 1.

  3. I always rather liked the version from the Wrinkle in Time series.

    My mom has a couple of Irish tapes that include versions of this– more than once I, with my horrible fear of the dark, ended up singing it as I walked around the ranch at night.
    I bind unto myself this day/ the strong name of the Trinity/ by invocation of the same/ the Three in One and One in Three.
    Christ before me/Christ behind me/Christ above me/Christ below me/Christ around me/ Christ surround me/ Christ to cofort and save me.

    No imaginary monster can beat that– and I've got a sharp stick for the more fleshy ones. ;^p

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