Great Prayers that changed the world - St Patrick's Prayer
This prayer is known by different names: “Morning Prayer,” “St. Patrick’s Breastplate,” or “The Lorica.” We don’t known whether St. Patrick wrote the prayer himself, or someone else wrote it years later and attributed it to St. Patrick. We do know it is widely associated with him and his ministry. (Cecil Frances Alexander translated the Gaelic words into English verse in 1889)
Why St Patrick’s Prayer is important
St Patrick’s Prayer is written in the style of a druidic incantation for protection on a journey – this is maybe why it has become so popular! It has a place in a person’s prayer life at any time a journey (either literal or figurative) is about to begin and it is an especially helpful prayer when you are starting something new or difficult.
In COVID-19 times this is a prayer for strength. We are facing many struggles in Johannesburg and the country at the moment and this prayer gives strength to many in these struggles. St Patrick’s Prayer is also a powerful prayer to pray over others. This is an important prayer to pray over city officials or government ministers as a prayer of intercession.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.