Not all Irish minds turn immediately to thoughts of green beer, celtic music, and limericks as March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day nears.  I have always loved the Roman Catholic prayer known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate.  Although religious scholars cast doubt on the prayer being written by St. Patrick, one could certainly be forgiven for believing,  given it seems to be congruent with many of his beliefs and temperament.

As I have progressed along my spiritual journey I have found it difficult to give service to a number of the lines in the prayer despite the overall theme.  So, I made some changes to it and here they are:

I arise today, through 
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The 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 shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me,
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
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I summon today
 All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;

I am one with the Flow So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.
The flow is with me,
The flow is before me,
The Flow behind me,
The Flow in me,
The Flow beneath me,
The Flow above me,
The Flow on my right,
The Flow on my left,
The Flow when I lie down,
The Flow when I sit down,
The Flow when I arise,
The Flow in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
The Flow in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
The Flow in every eye that sees me,
The Flow in every ear that hears me.

Happy St. Paticks Day,

Kevin Lynn