Praying with St. Patrick

The family just left for school. We made sure we were all wearing our green to avoid getting pinched. This one day when we’re all Irish has become a fun cultural moment. That said, St. Patrick was a real missionary. I wrote a little about him in the OC Breeze, a local online newspaper. He was extraordinary.

One of St. Patrick’s gifts was his prayer, also called St. Patrick’s Breastplate. I ran across it several years ago and it’s a beautiful prayer that speaks to Jesus being involved in every aspect of our lives. Feel free to use it in your own prayer life this week. (Read to the end for some Reminders on what’s coming our way at the Branch soon.)


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’s birth 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 the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with 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 arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The 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 shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an 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 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.

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.


  • Easter Week is coming. Invite your friends to our Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday services at 10:00 at the Los Al Community Center.
  • We also have Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at the Cypress Campus (6143 Ball Road, Cypress).
  • It’s our birthday! We’ll be celebrating the Sunday after Easter (April 12). We’ll have a special service before heading over to Rossmoor Park and enjoying our afternoon together with a picnic/potluck. Details coming soon, but be sure to set aside the time.

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