Faith, Living

An Awesome Prayer to Start Your Day

You will find yourself saying this out loud as if it we’re a great soliloquy. This prayer is pure strength. (Updated with version found in The Manual for Men.)

Lorica (Breastplate) of St. Patrick

I bind to myself today 
the strong virtue of the Invocation of the
   Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity, 
the Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
the virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His
   Baptism,
the virtue of His crucifixion with His
   burial,
the virtue of His Resurrection with His
   Ascension,
the virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
the virtue of the love of seraphim,
in the obedience of angels,
in the hope of resurrection unto reward,
in prayers of Patriarchs,
in predictions of Prophets,
in preaching of Apostles,
in faith of Confessors,
in purity of holy Virgins,
in deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
the power of Heaven,
the light of the sun,
the brightness of the moon,
the splendour of fire,
the flashing of lightning,
the swiftness of wind,
the depth of sea,
the stability of earth,
the compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God’s Power to guide me,
God’s Might to uphold me,
God’s Wisdom to teach me,
God’s Eye to watch over me,
God’s Ear to hear me,
God’s Word to give me speech,
God’s Hand to guide me,
God’s Way to lie before me,
God’s Shield to shelter me,
God’s Host to secure me,
against the snares of demons,
against the seductions of vices,
against the lusts of nature,
against everyone who intends
injury to me,
whether far or near,
whether few or many.

I invoke today all these virtues
against every hostile merciless power
that may assail my body and my soul:
against the incantations of false prophets,
against the black laws of heathenism,
against the false laws of heresy,
against the deceits of idolatry,
against the spells of witches, and smiths, and druids,
against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
against every poison,
against burning,
against drowning,
against mortal wounding,
that I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the ship,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
the strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity.
I believe the Trinity in the Unity, 
the Creator of the Universe.

— Attributed to St Patrick

Author: William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Persuasive design expertLatest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016)Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016)I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.