Powerful Prayer: Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

Many of us are familiar with the part of the St. Patrick’s Breastplate prayer that says, “Christ be with me, Christ be behind me…” But did you know there is a lot more to the prayer. Color me red but I didn’t.

I recently came upon a small collection of spiritual warfare prayers and the Breastplate prayer was among them. Wow, it is one powerful prayer! Since I found the prayer I have been saying it every day and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite prayers. 🙂

Saint Patrick's Breastplate

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In honor of Saint Patrick’s feast day tomorrow I am going to share the prayer. I hope it becomes one of your favorite prayers, too. As far as I can tell, the prayer is in public domain (written about 477 AD) but if I’m wrong, please let me know!

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

I armor myself today with the power of the Most Holy Trinity,
in the oneness of God, Creator of the universe. I armor myself
today with the baptism of Christ, his crucifixion and resurrection,
his ascension and glorious second coming.

I armor myself today with God’s guidance to direct me, God’s might to
direct me, God’s might to sustain me, God’s wisdom to instruct me; God’s
word to give me speech, God’s shield to protect me; God’s army to
defend me against the snares of demons, against the lure of vices,
against all who plot me harm.

I invoke all these virtues today against every hostile and merciless
power that may assail me, against the incantations of false prophets,
against the black laws of heathenism, against the false laws of heresy,
against the deceits of idolatry, against every art and spell that binds
the soul to evil.

Christ guard me today against every poison, burning, drowning and fatal
wounding. Christ be with me, Christ be behind me, Christ be within me,
Christ be beside me, Christ to win me. Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ to be where danger threatens, Christ be in the hearts of those
around me forevermore.

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Saints and Feast Days in March 2016

We are near the end of February and you know what that means? We are heading into March! [Why, yes, I am a master of the obvious, thank you! LOL!] There are some fun saints and feast days in March (think St. Patrick and St. Joseph) and even better, we have Easter to look forward to.

Saints and Feasts March 2016

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Therefore, without further ado, here is the list of saints and feasts:

Saints and Feasts

March 3: St. Katharine Drexel, virgin (optional memorial, USA)

March 4: First Friday Devotions (optional)

March 4: World Day of Prayer

March 4: St. Casimir (obligatory memorial)

March 5: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

March 7: Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs (optional memorial)

March 8: St. John of God, religious (optional memorial)

March 9: St. Frances of Rome, religious (optional memorial)

March 17: St. Patrick bishop (optional memorial)

March 18: St. Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop & doctor of the church (optional memorial)

March 19: St. Joseph, Spouse of the BVM (solemnity)

March 20: Palm (Passion) Sunday

March 24: Holy Thursday

March 25: Good Friday (fast & abstinence)

March 26: Holy Saturday

March 27: EASTER SUNDAY

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

March is traditionally dedicated to Saint Joseph

March 6: Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 13: Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 13: Daylight Savings Time begins

March 20: Spring begins

March is also special to me because it is the month of Andrew’s birthday. 🙂 I can’t believe he is going to be eleven. How did that happen?!

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7 Quick Takes: St.Joseph’s Day Edition

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s day, a day when everyone is Irish. There will be parties and parades, and all things green. With all this hoopla surrounding St. Patrick’s day, St. Joseph often gets overshadowed. (His feast day is on Monday, the 19th.) But St. Joseph should get the recognition he deserves, and I’m not just saying thing because St. Joseph is one of my all-time favorite saints. 🙂 His prayers are powerful, and I know this from experience.

As many of you know, over the past 7 weeks I’ve been praying the 7 Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph in preparation for his feast day. The crux of this devotion is honoring the seven joys and sorrows of St. Joseph, which are similar to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. In order to help you prepare spiritually for St. Joseph’s feast day, I am going to use today’s 7 Quick Takes to share those seven joys and sorrows of St. Joseph.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow when he decided to leave the Blessed Virgin Mary; his joy when he learns of the incarnation through angel in his dream.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow when he saw the Lord Jesus is born in poverty; his joy when the angels pronounces Jesus’ birth.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow When Jesus’ blood was shed in circumcision; his joy in giving the name of Jesus.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow at the prophecy of Simeon; his joy at the many who will be saved through the suffering of Jesus.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow when he had to flee with to Egypt under the cover of night; his joy in always being with Mary and Jesus.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow when he feared returning to his home; his joy when he is directed by the angel to go to Nazareth.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow when he loses Jesus; his joy when he finds Jesus in the temple.

Do try and takes some time to pray over these sometime over the weekend (or on his feast day on Monday). There may not be a lot known about him, but even in St. Joseph’s silence we can learn much about the spiritual life.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

(Also linked to Saints and Scripture Sundays)