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Reading through the life of St Patrick, I was struck by the strength of his faith, that lead him to evangelize Ireland. The below song, The Deer’s Cry, sung by Angelina, is based on the prayer, St Patrick’s Breastplate:

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I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.
I arise to-day

Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s eyes to look before me,
Gods wisdom to guide me,
Gods way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
From all who shall wish me ill,
Afar and a near,
Alone and in a multitude.

Against every cruel merciless
power that may
oppose my body and soul

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 to shield me,
Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me.

I arise to-day

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Saint Patrick, Pray for us.

 

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