St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

We’ll get to Paddy in a minute, but you need to know two things. First, me Mum was pretty much – so that meant in her mind 100% – Irish. Callaghan, she was, and part of me is too. The neatest thing about that was that she’d let us cut school on St. Paddy’s day to go skiing. i love me Mum, for sure.

Second, being a personal trainer, I train people and most folks think that means training bodies, which is true. I love bodies, yours and mine both. Amazing creations. Created, mind you, by God. (Be advised that anytime I mention “God” in these Newsletters I get a number of people hitting the “Unsubscribe” button, God save us. But here we go anyway.)

I figure that since God created us, He must have had us in His mind before He gave us bodies. Thus, we are a spirit with a body, not a body with a spirit, if you see what I mean.

Funny, most folks seem to think it’s OK that we each have some kind of a spirit thing attached to us like a cape or something, but bring God into it and the outlook changes instantly, yeah?

Anyway, it being St. Paddy’s Day and all, I thought I’d bring you the famous prayer of St. Patrick, he being the prototypical Warrior. Most of us know the story of St. Patrick, and perhaps most of what we know is wrong, but one thing is clear – he knew he was a spiritual being and he knew he was not alone in the universe.

It is said that he prayed the following prayer at the start of every morning to start his day well-centered, as we moderns might say.

It’s called “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” because the breastplate was the body armor of those days, and he prayed this to call in the protection of God for what he faced each day.

If you search that internet thing you’ll find all kinds of versions of this prayer, I’ve copied this from the good people at:

I trust you’ll enjoy it, and perhaps find comfort and security in knowing that you, too, can be safe in the arms of Jesus:

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.

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,
afar and near.

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 black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

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 in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to your body and spirit!

About Tom Schweickert

Tom Schweickert, EA, CPC, CPT brings a unique combination as a Life Coach, Personal Trainer and Money Coach to help folks negotiate these interesting times.
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