Saint Patrick

On March 17th, we celebrate St Patrick, our patron.

 

Here are some prayers and reflections in preparation for St Patrick's Feast Day.

  • St Patrick’s Novena: March 9th to 17th

  • St Patrick’s Breastplate: there are many different variations - we include three.

  • The Deer’s Cry (An extract)

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St Patrick's Novena - March 9th to 17th

Pray each day:

Most glorious Saint Patrick,

Apostle of Ireland, God’s instrument,

For bringing us the one true faith.

We pray you to implore Almighty God,

To share with us again the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ.

That He would enkindle in our hearts the fire of His divine Love

That we would make His kingdom come

In our hearts, in our homes, and our communities,

Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.

Amen.

 

March 9th: For my well-being and protection today, I call on the power of the Holy Trinity to surround me.

 

Prayer: Christ be with me, Christ within me.

Thank you God for my family and friends. Never let me forget that Jesus is also constantly with me as my friend and companion.

 

 

March 10th: For my well-being and protection today, I call on the power of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection to enfold me.

 

Prayer: Christ before me, Christ behind me.

God understands all of my past life with its bright and dark moments. As I look to the future may I never let Christ fade from view.

 

 

March 11th: For my well-being and protection today, I call on the angels and archangels to watch over me.

 

Prayer: Christ beneath and Christ above.

As time passes so many changes have left me confused and unsure. May I never forget that Christ the foundation of my life is the same yesterday, today and forever.

 

 

March 12th: For my well-being and protection today, I call on the help of the prophets, the martyrs and all those who in their lives witnessed to the love of God.

 

Prayer: Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand.

God came to live with us on this earth and so is present all around me. May I see his presence in the suffering and poverty of my brothers and sisters who surround me.

 

 

March 13th: For my well-being and protection today, I call on God’s wisdom and vision to enlighten and guide me.

 

Prayer: Christ with my waking, walking and sleeping.

Every new day and every new night is a precious gift from God. Every morning and every night I want to thank you Lord for the gift of my life. May my days be holy and wholesome.

 

 

March 14th: For my well-being and protection today, I call on Jesus who came to save the world to be my shield.

 

Prayer: Christ in every heart thinking of me.

There are so many conflicting messages and messengers fighting to control our deepest emotions and desires. May Christ and his message find space in the hearts of all, especially our young people.

 

 

March 15th: For my well-being and protection today, I call on all my ancestors and the faithful departed to pray to the Lord for me.

 

Prayer: Christ in every tongue speaking to me.

Modern technology has given us so many new ways of talking, very often just destructive ‘gossip’ as Pope Francis remarks. May we use our gifts of communication to build up the world, looking to Jesus the ‘Word’.

 

 

March 16th: For my well-being and protection today, I call on God’s strength to sustain me and God’s love to encourage me.

 

Prayer: Christ in every eye that sees me.

So many of Jesus’ opponents looked at him to condemn and reject him. May we observe other people’s lives through the lens of compassion, mercy and understanding.

 

 

St Patrick’s Day, March 17th: For my well-being and protection today, I call on Our Lady, the Apostles, St Patrick and all the saints of Ireland to be my inspiration and hope.

 

Prayer: Christ in every ear that hears me.

When the Irish people heard St Patrick they heard the voice of Christ. We now are Jesus’ messengers, at the sound of our voice may our friends experience the love of Christ enter into their crowded lives.

 

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ before me, Christ behind me,

Christ beneath and Christ above,

Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left.

Christ with me waking, walking and sleeping.

Christ in every heart thinking of me.

Christ on every tongue speaking to me,

Christ in every eye that sees me.

Christ in every ear that hears me.

 

St Patrick's Breastplate

Christ be beside me, Christ be before me,

Christ be behind me, King of my heart.

Christ be within me, Christ be below me,

Christ be above me, never to part.

 

Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand,

Christ all around me, shield in the strife.

Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting,

Christ in my rising, light of my life.

 

Christ be in all hearts thinking about me.

Christ be on all tongues telling of me,

Christ be the vision in eyes that see me,

In ears that hear me. Christ ever be.

 

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This day God gives me strength of high heaven,

Sun and moon shining flame in my hearth,

Flashing of lightning, wind in its swiftness,

Deeps of the ocean, firmness of earth.

 

Rising I thank you, mighty and strong one,

King of creation, giver of rest.

Firmly confessing threeness of Persons,

Oneness of Godhead, Trinity blest.

 

Christ be beside me, Christ be before me,

Christ be behind me, King of my heart,

Christ be within me, Christ be below me,

Christ be above me, never to part.

 

Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand,

Christ all around me, shield in the strife,

Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting,

Christ in my rising, light of my life.

 

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Christ be near at either hand,

Christ behind, before me stand

Christ with me where e’er I go,

Christ around, above, below.

 

Christ be in my heart and mind,

Christ within my soul enshrined,

Christ control my wayward heart;

Christ abide and ne’er depart.

 

Christ my life and only way,

Christ my lantern night and day;

Christ be my unchanging friend,

Guide and shepherd to the end.

The Deer's Cry (an extract)

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 way to lie before me,

God’s shield to protect me,

God’s host to secure me –

Against the snares of devils,

Against temptation of vices,

Against inclinations of nature,

Against everyone who shall wish me ill,

Afar and near,

Alone and in a crowd.

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