Patrick’s Breastplate

I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever, by power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river; His death on cross for my salvation.
His bursting from the spicèd tomb; His riding up the heav’nly way;
His coming at the day of doom; I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead
His eye to watch, His might to stay, His ear to hearken to my need;
The wisdom of my God to teach, His hand to guide, His shield to ward
The Word of God to give me speech, His heav’nly host to be my guard.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles, against false words of heresy
Against the knowledge that defiles, against the heart’s idolatry
Against the wizard’s evil craft, against the death-wound and the burning
The choking wave, the poison’d shaft, protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the name, the strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three
Of whom all nature hath creation, Eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of my salvation:  salvation is of Christ the Lord.

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