Lorica or Breastplate of St. Patrick – Know the Peace that God Surrounds You and is With You Always

St. Paul tells us how to do battle against evil. He wrote:

Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not
with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with
the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the
heavens.
Therefore, put on the
armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having
done everything, to hold your ground.
So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
(Ephesians 6: 10-17)

I wrote earlier of St. Patrick, but wanted to add this addition to go deeper into St. Patrick’s full Lorica prayer that he used as an armor of God that St. Paul tells us of above.
St. Patrick reminded himself daily how mighty and glorious God was and that he was under his protection. May these words of St. Paul and this incredible prayer of St. Patrick be a breastplate and shield of faith for us – especially in these times of such fear.

May they help us to know we are never alone.
Our God is infinite.
He created us and He is in control.
He pours His strength into us
and is with us as He promised, saying to us:  
“Behold, I AM WITH YOU always unto the end of the ages!” 

Hold fast to your faith.
During this time of social distancing and quarantine, may we take the time to turn off the news and open our Bibles
– to come to a deeper awareness of God’s presence in us and around us,
like St. Patrick…

May we fill our minds with the Truth of Scripture …
beginning with these Scriptures and these prayers of St. Patrick that I offer-
to help us to come to know the peace that surpasses understanding that God has for us:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.


Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is
just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if
there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think
about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you. (
Philippians 4: 4-9)

Rest in these words.
Meditate on them.
Think of them again and again and again…
And then pray these words of St. Patrick as well…
 
The Lorica of St. Patrick
(also called St. Patrick’s “breastplate”):

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.

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 of doom.

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

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The 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 shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and 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 an 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.
Amen.

Know of my great love for you and that each of you are in my prayers. I consecrate you all to Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Know we are safe and well in their arms. 

© Janet Moore 2020. All Rights Reserved.

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