Feast of St. Patrick
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
This Sunday the Church of St. Paul in Zumbrota hosts their annual St. Patrick’s Ham Dinner at the Zumbrota VFW. I encourage all to come and enjoy a great meal and support this great fundraiser!
This Sunday we enter the second full week of our Lenten Season. How are your commitments during Lent coming along? Hopefully, you are experiences some fruitful self-denial and growing in self-giving habits toward God and neighbor!
March 17 is the feast of St. Patrick. In his honor I share with you the great Breastplate of St. Patrick prayer:
Breastplate of St. Patrick
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 Judgment 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 the prayers of Patriarchs, in the predictions of Prophets, in the preaching of Apostles, in the Faith of Confessors, in the Purity of holy Virgins, in the deeds of righteous men.
I bind to myself today the power of Heaven, the light of the sun, the brightness of the moon, the splendor 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, [i.e., at home] Christ in the chariot seat, [i.e., travelling by land] Christ in the stern. [i.e., travelling by water]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.
Through the intercession of Mary, Help of Christians, St. Joseph, St. Columbkill, and St. Patrick, may God bless us with the graces we each need to grow in holiness this Lenten Season!
In Christ through Mary,