Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

As any good American with Irish heritage will be doing today, I will be eating corned beef and cabbage for dinner and, of course, wearing green. I seriously look forward to corned beef all year long.

In the name of homeschooling (and knowledge) I decided I should look into who St. Patrick even was and why he is celebrated. The story, for those who don't know, is pretty awesome. Basically he was captured and sold into slavery in Ireland, finally escaped, but went back years later as a missionary to the same place he had been enslaved. I found a great little history HERE if you are interested in the version with actual facts.

While reading his story I was overcome with emotion when I read the words to St. Patrick's Prayer, which
is supposed to have been composed by him in preparation for this victory over Paganism. I'm embarrassed I've never read it before and that, at 31, I'm finally beginning to learn a little bit of history of the Church. I'm just thankful I'm finally taking an interest now, and am even more thankful I came upon this.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,

The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,

In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God's Power to guide me,
God's Might to uphold me,
God's Wisdom to teach me,
God's Eye to watch over me,
God's Ear to hear me,
God's Word to give me speech,
God's Hand to guide me,
God's Way to lie before me,
God's Shield to shelter me,
God's Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,

Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck], ( kids loved that part.)
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I think, today, I will celebrate those who have gone before me in the faith - those who are strong enough in their faith to do what is unthinkable and terrifying to most everyone else. I will celebrate those who, even today, put their lives on the line for their faith and for Christ. And considering my son wants to be a missionary someday (..."Mom, when I grow up I want to be someone who goes around town talking about Jesus"...) I will start spending some time praying for those who are out there right now...will you join me?


Momma K9 said...

I love corned beef and cabbage and look forward to this day each year to enjoy it. I perfected my recipe last year! However, I realized last night that I totally forgot about it! I'm half Irish! Today I am an embarrassment to my culture. Not the first time, but i am sad about this one. OK9's working so we can just celebrate late, right?

CM said...

Wow, he said that?!? So cool. Wise beyond his years.

Yes, I need to remember to pray for those who are so much more brave than myself about spreading the gospel around the world and here too.

Toyin O. said...

That is such a great prayer, thanks for sharing:)