I Arise Today in Christ

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:


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


Saint Patrick, Pray for us.



3 thoughts on “I Arise Today in Christ

  1. Sometimes I forget that saints were normal people facing the same or MUCH worse situations than I face everyday. Their faith pushed them to do things like venturing into a pagan nation and share Christ’s love and message in the face of danger. Where are the college classes for that?

    • Thx Elizabeth! Yes, the saints were normal people who chose to live ‘on the edge’ where faith is required. Hmmm, college classes for becoming a saint?!? The school of the Cross – the Greatest Love! I think that’s where the saints found the courage to become holy. They used their free will to love. God bless!

  2. This is beautiful and uplifting. Thanks so much for posting it! It makes me want to visit Ireland.

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