The Lorica of St. Patrick

I bind unto my self today, the strong name of the Trinity. These are the first words of the Lorica (or Breastplate) of St. Patrick. The Lorica is a prayer for protection against the powers that defy God, those that would do harm to believers.

Certainly, there are powers that would tempt believers into sin. Greed, selfishness and deceitfulness all line up to take their toll upon the faithful. Left on our own we are no match for such powers. Yet, Christ is with us.

From the beginning, God as been near to his people. In the instance of humanity’s fall into sin, God promised mercy and grace. He promised a Savior who would reconcile all things. This savior is the Father’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Through him is the way to eternal life.

St Patrick prayed:
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.

With the Father’s promise, the Son’s victory over sin, death and the devil, and through faith worked by the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s people have assurance of grace and peace as we are made to be children of God.

Prayer: Most Holy Trinity, I bind myself unto you this day and always. Amen.

Original image: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

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