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HEAVENWINDOW

A WEB OF PRAYER

ST PATRICK'S BREASTPLATE

 arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and 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 obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preachings of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
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 hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
Against every cruel merciless power that opposes 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 wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts our body and soul.
Christ shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that reward may come to me in abundance.

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 every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.
 


 


 

St. Patrick (ca. 377). The liturgical prayer used at the enclosing of anchoresses in England was adapted from St Patrick's Breastplate, the anachoritic movement being from the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon tradition in opposition to the Norman one.
 

PRAYER

CONTEMPLATION
Walter Hilton, The Parable of a Pilgrim, from The Scale of Perfection Newest
{ Because an Anchoress like Julian, like any Hermit, imitating St Jerome, has a Crucifix in their cell upon which to fix and nail their contemplation, their full attention, so is there one here, first, in the one unheated room on top of a mountain above Florence in Italy, now in Florence's 'English' Cemetery, where I live, like Julian, amidst tombs. It comes from the Penitentes in New Mexico.

Penitentes, whose family names are those of Jewish conversos, came to the New World, founding the first American city, Santa Fe, Holy Faith, but were then isolated in New Mexico and Colorado, and forgotten by the Church. For centuries they were without priest or sacrament, yet speaking Cervantes' pure Spanish, at Easter they carry crosses, kept in chapels called 'moradas', and at Christmas are the pastores, seeking the lost Christ Child.

Julia's Penitente Crucifix

Handcarved by a carpenter, this Crucifix pays special attention to the wedges of wood holding the cross in place upon the ground, and to the nails nailed into the hands and feet of the carpenter's son, God's Son, garbing Him in the ermine robes of an Emperor.

Penitente Crucifix

These are the feet by which the women in the Gospel held Him. Place in your hands those Feet, bringing peace across the mountains. Remove from them those nails of cruelty, of punishment, of oppression. Deliver, free, all from evil.
 

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