Monday, 17 March 2014

St Patrick's Breastplate


  1. I bind unto myself today
    The strong Name of the Trinity,
    By invocation of the same
    The Three in One and One in Three.

    I bind this today to me forever
    By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
    His baptism in Jordan river,
    His death on Cross for my salvation;
    His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
    His riding up the heavenly way,
    His coming at the day of doom
    I bind unto myself today.

    I bind unto myself the power
    Of the great love of cherubim;
    The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour,
    The service of the seraphim,
    Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
    The Patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls,
    All good deeds done unto the Lord
    And purity of virgin souls.

    I bind unto myself today
    The virtues of the star lit heaven,
    The glorious sun’s life giving ray,
    The whiteness of the moon at even,
    The flashing of the lightning free,
    The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
    The stable earth, the deep salt sea
    Around the old eternal rocks.

    I bind unto myself today
    The power of God to hold and lead,
    His eye to watch, His might to stay,
    His ear to hearken to my need.
    The wisdom of my God to teach,
    His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
    The word of God to give me speech,
    His heavenly host to be my guard.

    Against the demon snares of sin,
    The vice that gives temptation force,
    The natural lusts that war within,
    The hostile men that mar my course;
    Or few or many, far or nigh,
    In every place and in all hours,
    Against their fierce hostility
    I bind to me these holy powers.

    Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
    Against false words of heresy,
    Against the knowledge that defiles,
    Against the heart’s idolatry,
    Against the wizard’s evil craft,
    Against the death wound and the burning,
    The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
    Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

    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 bind unto myself the Name,
    The strong Name of the Trinity,
    By invocation of the same,
    The Three in One and One in Three.
    By Whom all nature hath creation,
    Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
    Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
    Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

  2. Lúireach Phádraig
    Old Irish - St Patrick, circa 450 AD

    Atomriug indiu
    niurt tréun:
    togairm Trindóit
    faístin Oendatad,
    i nDúlemon dáil.

    Atomriug indiu
    niurt gene Críst cona bathius,
    niurt a chrochtho cona adnacul,
    niurt a essérgi cona fhresgabáil,
    niurt a thoíniudo fri brithemnas mbrátho.

    Atomriug indiu
    niurt gráid hiruphin,
    i n-aurlataid aingel,
    i frestul inna n-archaingel,
    i freiscisin esséirgi
    ar chiunn fochraicce,
    i n-ernaigthib uasalathrach,
    i tairchetlaib fáithe,
    i preceptaib apstal,
    i n-iresaib foísmedach,
    i n-enccai noebingen,
    i ngnímaib fer firén.

    Atomriug indiu
    niurt nime,
    soilsi gréne,
    étrochtai éscai,
    áni thened,
    déni lóchet,
    luaithi gaíthe,
    fudomnai mara,
    tairismigi thalman,
    cobsaidi ailech.

    Atomriug indiu
    niurt Dé dom luamairecht.
    Cumachtae nDé dom chumgabáil,
    ciall Dé dom inthús,
    rose nDé dom remcisiu,
    cluas Dé dom étsecht,
    briathar Dé dom erlabrai,
    lám Dé dom imdegail,
    intech Dé dom remthechtas,
    sciath Dé dom imdítin,
    sochraite Dé dom anacul
    ar intledaib demnae,
    ar aslagib dualche,
    ar forimthechtaib aicnid,
    ar cech duine mídúthrastar dam,
    i céin ocus i n-ocus,
    i n'uathud ocus i sochaidi.

    Crist dom imdegail indiu
    ar neim, ar loscud, ar bádud, ar guin,
    condom-thair ilar fochraicce.
    Críst limm, Críst reum, Críst im degaid,
    Críst indium, Críst ísum, Críst uasum,
    Críst desum, Críst tuathum,
    Críst i llius, Críst i sius, Críst i n-erus,
    Críst i cridiu cech duini immumrorda,
    Críst i ngin cech oín rodom-labrathar,
    Críst i cech rusc nonom-dercathar,
    Críst i cech cluais rodom-chloathar.

    Atomriug indiu
    niurt tréun:
    togairm Trindóit,
    cretim Treodatad,
    faístin Oendatad,
    i nDúlemon dáil.

    Domini est salus,
    Domini est salus,
    Christi est salus
    salus tua, Domine, sit semper nobiscum.

  3. Translation
    St. Patrick's Breastplate

    I bind to myself today
    through the strong virtue of love,
    The strong name of the Trinity,
    By invocation of the same, the three in one, one in three.

    I bind to myself today
    through the virtue of faith
    The incarnation of Christ,
    His crucifixion, burial, resurrection and ascension.

    I bind to myself today
    The virtue of love of the seraphim,
    In obedience of the angels,
    In hope of resurrection to reward,
    In prayers of patriarchs,
    In predictions of prophets,
    In preaching of apostles,
    In faith of confessors,
    In purity of virgin souls,
    In deeds of righteous humanity.

    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 Rock.

    I bind to myself today
    God's power to guide,
    God's might to uphold,
    God's wisdom to teach,
    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 protect me.

    Christ with me,
    Christ before me,
    Christ behind me,
    Christ in me,
    Christ beneath me,
    Christ above me,
    Christ on my right hand,
    Christ on my left hand,
    Christ where I lie,
    Christ where I sit,
    Christ where I arise.
    Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me.
    Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks to me.
    Christ in the eye of every man who sees me.
    Christ in ears of every man who hears me.

    I bind to myself
    through a mighty strength,
    The invocation of the Trinity,
    Through belief in the Threeness,
    Through confession of the oneness of the creator of creation.
    Salvation is of the Lord.