St. Patrick's Breastplate is a popular prayer attributed to one of Ireland’s most beloved patron saints and our patron saint. According to tradition, St. Patrick wrote it in 433 A.D. for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity. (The term breastplate refers to a piece of armor worn in battle.) This prayer certainly reflects the spirit with which St. Patrick brought our faith to Ireland! It is a long prayer, but most people are familiar with the portion that follows:
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
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.
When St. Paul referred to putting on the “Armor of God” in his letter to the Ephesians (6:11) to fight sin and evil inclinations, he could have been thinking of prayers just like this one! We may not wear combat gear in our daily lives, but St. Patrick's Breastplate can function as divine armor for protection and help as we strive to live Christ-centered lives. Here at St. Patrick Parish we are blessed with a wonderful community of dedicated, loving, Christ-centered disciples. Your experience of St. Patrick’s Parish will be one where our Catholic faith is lived and celebrated. You can feel the fervor and faith of St. Patrick himself alive in the hearts, voices, and hands of the people who make up the family of St. Patrick Catholic Church Parish.