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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