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St. Patrick’s Prayer

St. Patrick’s Day began as a recognition and honor to the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It began as a purely Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 1600s. However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland’s culture and is celebrated around the world. St. Patrick had a prayer that he prayed every morning upon rising. Although the wording is different from what we are accustomed to in modern day English, the meaning is the same. Pray this prayer today over you and your family. Be blessed!

Fáed Fíada – The Cry of the Deer – The Lorica of St. Patrick

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the
Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession
of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.

I arise today through the strength of Christ with His Baptism,
through the strength of His Crucifixion with His Burial
through the strength of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
through the strength of His descent for the Judgment of Doom.

I arise today through the strength of the love of Cherubim
in obedience of Angels, in the service of the Archangels,
in hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
in prayers of Patriarchs, in predictions of Prophets,
in preachings of Apostles, in faiths of Confessors,
in innocence of Holy Virgins, in deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through the strength of Heaven:
light of Sun, brilliance of Moon, splendour of Fire,
speed of Lightning, swiftness of Wind, depth of Sea,
stability of Earth, firmness of 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 host to secure me: against snares of devils,
against temptations of vices, against inclinations of nature,
against everyone who shall wish me ill, afar and anear, alone
and in a crowd. I summon today all these powers between me
(and these evils): against every cruel and merciless power that
may oppose my body and my soul, against incantations of false
prophets, against laws of heathenry, against false laws of heretics,
against craft of idolatry, against spells of witches and smiths and
wizards, against every knowledge that endangers man’s body and
soul. Christ to protect me today against poison, against burning,
against drowning, against wounding, so that there may come
abundance of reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right,
Christ on my left, Christ in breadth, Christ in length,
Christ in height, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the
Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession of the
Oneness of the Creator of creation.
Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of Christ. May Thy Salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

Amen and Amen.

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1 thought on “St. Patrick’s Prayer”

  1. In all my years I never thought anything about St. Patrick's Day except to wear green. Next year I will be more mindful. I have just learned something.Thanks

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