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guinness.jpgToday, March 17  is St. Patrick’s day. A day held by many as the day to get drunk and find any trace of Irish in their blood or family line so that they can to justify getting drunk on St. Patrick’s day. For us at the Cunningham house it will be a day to connect with family and cook some good old fashioned Irish food and drink. I was born in Belfast so I feel that I am somewhat authentic. Today I am going to make Irish Potato bread, black and tans and probably listen to a bunch of U2 and watch ONCE, a great movie.

The thing about St. Patricks day that most people don’t know is that it is in honor of Patrick of Ireland. He is a real person, but he did not, contrary to popular belief, drive the snakes out of Ireland. Patrick was from Scotland and was sent as slave to Ireland when he was only 16. He escaped his slave owner 6 years later and went home where he met and fell in love with Jesus. Feeling a draw and calling back to the people who enslaved him, he went back to Ireland to share with the Irish the message of the cross. The first thing he did when arriving back was to go to his former slave owner to pay his ransom. Before he arrived at the house though he saw in the distance that it was on fire. His former slave owner had lit the house and threw himself into the flames as his pride could not bring himself to face his former slave.

Patrick is credited with bringing the gospel to the Irish people. I am grateful for this man, who considered all loss for the sake of Jesus Christ. Below is the prayer of St. Patrick, it is a beautiful prayer, otherwise known as Patrick’s breastplate supposed to have been composed by him in preparation for this victory over Paganism. The following is a literal translation from the old Irish text:
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 meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which 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 women, 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 death-wound,
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 poop [deck],
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.

For more on Patrick you can read an amazing book called “How The Irish Saved Civilization

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3 comments so far on “Saint Patricks day

  1. Crystal Gingras says:

    Phil, I got to go to many of the places that are “famous” for St. Patrick, he is a truly amazing man and did many amazing things for Christ. He has an inspirational story to be sure!

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  3. Clayre says:

    thanks so much for posting that. I had no idea! I wonder what he would think of society’s celebration of the day now. sad kind of.

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