St. Patrick’s Lorica

Well I’m a day late for St. Patrick’s Day, but this prayer attributed to the historical Patrick of Ireland is fitting for every day of the year. I discovered it last year and have returned to it many times since. A friend passed it on to me as a farewell gift, not even knowing what it meant to me. And last month, I read it aloud in the car as my dad drove me to the airport for the start of my adventure into the unknown with God.

A lorica was a prayer recited for protection. St. Patrick’s Lorica is lengthy but oh so rich and powerful:

“I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity
Through belief in the Threeness
Through confession of the Oneness
Towards the creator.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ 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 decent for the Judgement of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim
In obedience to the Angels,
In the service of the Archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of Holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun
Brilliance of moon
Splendor of fire
Speed of lightning
Swiftness of wind
Depth of sea
Stability of earth
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 way to lie before me,
God’s host to secure me
against snares of devils
against temptations of vices
against inclinations of nature
against everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and anear,
alone and in a crowd.

I summon today all these powers between me and these evils
Against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose my body and my soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of heathenry,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that endangers man’s body and soul.

Christ to protect me today
against poison, against burning,
against drowning, against wounding,
so that there may come 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 where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man 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
Towards the Creator.

Salvation is of the Lord
Salvation is of the Lord
Salvation is of Christ
May thy salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.”

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3 comments
  1. Susan Alexander said:

    So good Kyria! Praying for you!:)

  2. Shaw, Sandy said:

    Bonjour, Kyria!

    Je connaissais déjà cette prière, mais dans une forme plus courte. Cette prière était une des favorites de ma femme Nancy, qui est morte de cancer il y a douze ans. Merci beaucoup d’avoir partagé la prière!

    DR. SHAW

  3. baxtertroutrun@aol.com said:

    Dear Kyria, Thank you so much for sharing this! How wonderful…I am sewnding it on to friends and family. God Bless You, Merilee

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