This Irish prayer is credited to St. Patrick, and often titled “St. Patrick’s Prayer”. I found the worlds to the prayer on a the Catholic.org website, where they list many of their prayers, and writings. I first came across this prayer over ten years ago, and it blesses me every time read it. May it bless you today, this day that the world remembers the saint who not only forgave those who had once held him captive, but returned to share with them the love of Christ. That is true forgiveness, to love enough to return and serve the needs of those who have done us wrong. May we be inspired to love others in such ways in our lives.
As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
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,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone 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.
May the God of grace be ever around you today, and everyday of your life’s journey.
– Keep your journey with Jesus strong