St. Patrick’s Prayer
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 when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Leaving a legacy is a desire most people have. A powerful song on Christian radio by Casting Crowns called, “Only Jesus”, has a different idea. It says, “I don’t want to leave a legacy, I don’t care if they remember me… only Jesus.” This is the essence of the prayer of St. Patrick. He didn’t want his life to be about himself, he wanted it all to be about Christ. Seems a far cry from the way Americans tend to celebrate the holiday. For us, St. Patrick’s Day has become a day of parades and celebrating Irish heritage, it’s not really about Christ at all.
This year, as part of our Lenten Prayer Practices, we invite you to participate in our socially-distanced prayer stations led by our Prayer Ministry Team tomorrow, on St. Patrick’s Day, at 6pm. We hope this time of prayer will enhance your faith and give you an opportunity to experience God’s presence in powerful ways.
I bind unto myself today the strong Name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three. I bind this day to me for ever, by power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation; his baptism in Jordan river; his death on cross for my salvation; his bursting from the spicèd 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 hearken, 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 today 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 Lord of my salvation, salvation is of Christ the Lord.
-Words: attributed to St. Patrick (372-466)