Yesterday I posted Ephesians 6:10-20 with corresponding Scriptures.   At our house church last night we used Eph. 6:10-20 in our "looking up" time in the Word.  We discussed how most in the church, the only piece of "the full armor of God" they put on and with any consistency is the "Helmet of salvation" and go about their life and into battle naked from the neck down.  We also discussed how you can only wear one suit of armor.  In order to put on the armor of God, we must remove our personal armor,  and by faith surrender ourselves to God, who then equips us with his armor. As I read over Ephesians again tonight, the word "breastplate" reminded me of of one of my favorite prayers, St. Patrick's Breastplate Prayer.  Though recent scholars lean towards the author of this prayer being an anonymous source, I still call it by its traditional name.  Read it over yourself this morning, preferably aloud. Pull it up on your phone and say it again as your prayer at lunch,  May it be used by the Holy Spirit to "clothe you in righteousness" at the start an noon of your day.  

St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer

 

I arise today

Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,

Through belief in the Threeness,

Through confession of the Oneness

of the Creator of creation.

 

I arise today

Through the strength of Christ's birth with His baptism,

Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,

Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,

Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

 

I arise today

Through the strength of the love of cherubim,

In the obedience of angels,

In the service of archangels,

In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,

In the prayers of patriarchs,

In the predictions of prophets,

In the preaching of apostles,

In the faith of confessors,

In the innocence of holy virgins,

In the deeds of righteous men.

 

I arise today, through

The strength of heaven,

The light of the sun,

The radiance of the moon,

The splendor of fire,

The speed of lightning,

The swiftness of wind,

The depth of the sea,

The stability of the earth,

The firmness of 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 shield to protect me,

God's host to save me

From snares of devils,

From temptation of vices,

From everyone who shall wish me ill,

afar and near.

 

I summon today

All these powers between me and those evils,

Against every cruel and merciless power

that may oppose my body and soul,

Against incantations of false prophets,

Against black laws of pagandom,

Against false laws of heretics,

Against craft of idolatry,

Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,

Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul;

Christ to shield me today

Against poison, against burning,

Against drowning, against wounding,

So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

 

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 every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

 

 

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