Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Although I've already celebrated St. Patrick's Day (Saturday), today is the "official" day historically, so I didn't think it could go without mention.

St. Patrick was a dandy guy credited with lots of wonderful things, including bringing Christianity to Ireland. He has some great prayers floating around out there, too, so I thought in honor of him on his day, I'd share one with you.

St. Patrick's Prayer
This day I call to me:
God's strength to direct me,
God's power to sustain me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's vision to light me,
God's ear to my hearing,
God's word to my speaking,
God's hand to uphold me,
God's pathway before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's legions to save me.

"Prayer for the Faithful" by St. Patrick
May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
- Against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.

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