St. Paddy’s Day

I know the day is almost over but i must share my favorite quote attributed to St. Patrick.

It is a portion of a prayer said to be his. I first came across this several years ago in England. We visited a small church that had beautiful note cards for sale for missions by the door.  This one touched me, not just for the beautiful scroll work around it but for the prayer itself:

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.
Of whom all nature hath creation,
eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.

The thought of being surrounded inside and out with Christ was so powerful to me and has stayed with me through the years since. May you be blessed by the reading of it.