Praying with St. Patrick

There is a famous prayer attributed to St. Patrick known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate. It’s a long prayer that was written in the style that Druids used for protection on a journey.

Most of us have probably heard parts of this prayer used in various ways, including using parts of it to pray the Anglican rosary.

The portion of the prayer that I use hear comes near the end of his prayer and is a favorite of mine for reminding me to see Christ everywhere as I move through my day.

This is just one way to pray the Anglican rosary using St. Patrick’s Breastplate. Each section in italics is taken directly from St. Patrick’s Breastplate prayer. Please feel free to use this as is for your own prayers or as a starting point for your own adaptation.

Cross:In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Invitatory bead:Wherever I turn, may I see the Face of God. (prayer by Andrew Harvey)
Cruciform beads: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.
Week bead 1:Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Week bead 2:Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Week bead 3:Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Week bead 4:Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Week bead 5:Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Week bead 6:Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Week bead 7:Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Invitatory bead:Wherever I turn, may I see the Face of God. (prayer by Andrew Harvey)
Cross:O God, make speed to save me. O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory to Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.


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