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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Christ In Me

Pre-posting this as I am on retreat in the country today. My tradition has a hymn called St. Patrick's Breastplate, but this is a different version and I love the text and this video.
What did you sing in worship today?

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through the 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 Day.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor 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 save me
From snares of demons,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel 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 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.


  1. Mary Beth, thank you, and I hope you are enjoying your time away.

    I love that hymn--a new one for me.

    Songbird, thank you for your sweet comment at the preachers' party--I was praying for you today, among others.

    At our church it was all contemporary stuff today. Sigh. Oh weell, it was good. The two that I am recalling right now are

    "Rise Up and Praise Him" and "Power of Your Love." And my daughter and I sang a duet together--a rather poignant moment. For those who don't sing Allelujah during Lent, you wouldn't have like it. ;-)

    There are pictures here of the baby dedication I mentioned at the Preacher's Party yesterday. What a lovely thing that was to do today.

  2. Singing Owl, thank you! We had a great morning, and my plans were well-received.
    We sang "O God, Our Help in Ages Past," "Lord Jesus Who Through Forty Days," "Let Us Break Bread Together" and "Lord, I Want to Be a Christian." I love Lent so much that it's not such a penitential attitude, I fear.


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