St. Patrick’s Breastplate


I rise today
    in power’s strength, invoking the Trinity
    believing in threeness,
    confessing in oneness,
    of creation’s Creator.
I rise today
    in the power of Christ’s birth and baptism,
    in the power of his crucifixion and burial,
    in the power of his rising and ascending,
    in the power of his descending and judging.
I rise today
    in the power of the love of cherubim,
    in the obedience of angels,
    and service of archangels,
    in hope of rising to receive the reward,
    in the prayers of patriarchs,
    in the predictions of the prophets,
    in the preaching of apostles,
    in the faith of confessors,
    in the innocence of holy virgins,
    in the deeds of the righteous.
I rise today
    in heavens might,
    in sun’s brightness,
    in moon’s radiance,
    in fire’s glory,
    in lightning’s quickness,
    in wind’s swiftness,
    in sea’s depth,
    in earth’s stability,
    in rock’s fixity.
I rise today
    with the power of God to pilot me,
    God’s strength to sustain me,
    God’s wisdom to guide me,
    God’s eye to look ahead of me,
    God’s ear to hear me,
    God’s word to speak to me,
    God’s hand to protect me,
    God’s way before me,
    God’s shield to defend me,
    God’s host to deliver me:
        from snares of devils,
        from evil temptations,
        from all who wish to harm me,
        far or near,
        alone and in a crowd.
Around me I gather today all these powers
    against every cruel and merciless force
    to attack my body and soul,
    against the charms of false prophets,
    the black laws of paganism,
    the false laws of heretics,
    the deceptions of idolatry,
    against spells cast by women, smiths and druids,
    and all unlawful knowledge
    that harms the body and soul.
May Christ protect me today
    against poison and burning,
    against drowning and wounding,
    so that I may have abundant reward;
    Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me;
    Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
    Christ to the right of me, Christ to the left of me;
    Christ in my lying, Christ in my sitting,
        Christ in my rising;
    Christ in the heart of all who think of me.
    Christ on the tongue of all who speak to me,
    Christ in the eye of all who see me,
    Christ in the ear of all who hear me.
I rise today
    in power’s strength, invoking the Trinity,
    believing in threeness,
    confessing the oneness,
    of creation’s Creator.
For to the Lord belongs salvation,
And to the Lord belongs salvation
and to Christ belongs salvation
May your salvation, Lord, be with us always.

*As quoted in George G Hunter’s The Celtic Way of Evangelism (pp.49-51).


  1. I’m inspired by Patrick’s discovery of God’s power and support in creation… a natural revelation. I love the poetry of “lightning’s quickness” and “rock’s fixity”. But it doesn’t stop there like most New Age nonsense… He fills that discovery with the knowledge of Christ- who is all around him.

  2. Personally I love the part where he starts doing the Christ … me and labels nearly every possible area around inside and near him. I love this best for the sentences where he describes how others talk of him. It is not about him, it is about Christ. However he is not so counter-humble as to say that he is not a part of it. when others talk of me I hope Jesus is on their tongues and in their minds.

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