The Historic Church of Saint Patrick
130 Avondale Avenue Toledo, Ohio 43604 419-243-6452

I arise today
through the strength of heaven,
light of the sun, radiance of the moon,
splendor of fire, speed of lightning,
swiftness of the wind, depth of the sea,
stability of the earth, firmness of the rock.

I arise today, through God's strength to pilot me,
God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me from the snares of the devil,
from everyone who desires me ill,
afar and near, alone or in a multitude.

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 when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone that 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.

-- The Breastplate of St. Patrick --