Thanks again to St. William parishioner Joe Keffer for providing our parish family with this particular prayer which clearly demonstrates Christ’s divine armor to protect us against spiritual adversity.
This is a familiar prayer for many Catholics and has an interesting history: it is a segment of the longer prayer:
"St. Patrick's Breastplate".
“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.”
St. Patrick's Breastplate"
is a popular prayer attributed to one of Ireland’s most beloved patron saints. According to tradition, St. Patrick wrote it in 433 A.D. for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity. (The term breastplate refers to a piece of armor worn in battle.) More recent scholarship suggests its author was anonymous.
and, see also:
Saint Patrick's Breastplate
, a Prayer of Protection, also known as
The Deer's Cry
The Lorica of Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick's Hymn
, is a
lyrics were traditionally attributed to
ministry in the 5th century. In 1889 it was adapted into the hymn
I Bind Unto Myself Today
. A number of other adaptations have been made.
Regards, Joe Keffer
Gail Maloof, Parish Secretary
St. William/Immaculate Heart of Mary
“The key to the Kingdom of Heaven
once hung on a nail
Secretary St. William
on Monday, June 29 at 2:00PM