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And to celebrate I want to introduce all of you to a project called “Beyond the Brogue: Covering Ireland’s Changing Religious Landscape.” This is a project of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, of which I am an alum (yeah, Class of 1994!) and is generated by its excellent Covering Religion class taught by my teacher, mentor and friend Ari Goldman. Every spring, Ari takes the 16 or so grad students who are interested in becoming religion reporters to some wonderfully diverse and challenging overseas location where they report on the local, national and international religion scene for about a week. In previous years, they have been to Israel, Russia, India, the American South (bummer for that class!)  and now Ireland. You can read the stories from these classes in the site’s class archives. Alas, when I was his student, this experience was not in the offering. But through the miracle of the Internet we can all travel along with this class and experience the incredible religious diversity of Ireland almost first hand. I am addicted to the Daily Dispatches, which are a kind of journalist’s diary of each day written by a different student each day, and to the Feature Stories, which are intended for publication. I have never been to Ireland and had no idea it was as diverse as it is. To me, it seems a lot like NYC, with Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews – and just about every flavor of each one – rubbing elbows on a daily basis. Cool! You can find these sections on the search bar at the top of the site.

In the most recent of the Daily Dispatches, a Buddhist nun tells how she starts each morning with the prayer, “Today, may my actions be of benefit to all sentient beings.” How about that for a prayer bead prayer or mantra?

And, as it is Saint Patrick‘s Day and he is my personal favorite saint, I can point you all to the prayer bead prayers I offered here on this day last year. So read the stories from this lucky, talented group of young(ish) reporters and remember the great Saint who was the champion of the downtrodden.

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shamrocks.jpgI hope none of you are so far into your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations that you don’t have the energy to do a little prayer bead session with my favorite saint! You shouldn’t be too far gone – it’s only 2:30 p.m. here in California – but I realize that’s Happy Hour time in NYC, the place with the best St. Pat’s Day parade I’ve ever seen. Ah, well.

In the hopes that we all have some time for spiritual matters today, I offer you this set of prayers for the Anglican/Episcopal prayer beads and the Catholic rosary. You will find a longer version of this set of prayers in my book, “Bead One, Pray Too: A Guide to Making and Using Prayer Beads,” which I understand has begun shipping from Amazon.com this week. I took it from a translation of Saint Patrick’s Breastplate by Wiley Stokes, John Strachan and Kuno Meyer. As always, feel free to pick and choose what you like from the following and mix it up with your own stuff! St. Patty would approve, I am sure.

On the Cross/Crucifix/Terminal Charm:

I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity,

by invocation of the same,

The Three-in-One, the One-in-Three.

On the Invitatory Bead/First Our Father Bead:

The Lord’s Prayer 

On the Cruciform/Our Father Beads:

I bind unto myself the Name,

Of whom all nature hath creation,

eternal Father, Spirit, Word.

On the First and Third Sets of Weeks Beads/First, Third and Fifth Sets of Decade Beads: 

1. I bind this day to me forever by power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation.

2. His baptism in the Jordan river;

3. His death on the cross for my salvation;

4. His bursting from the spiced tomb;

5. His riding up the heavenly way;

6. His coming at the day of doom:

7. I bind unto myself this day.

8. Christ be with me, Christ within me,

9 . Christ to comfort and restore me,
10.  Christ in hearts of all that love me, friend and stranger.

On the Second and Fourth Sets of Weeks Beads/ On the Second and Fourth Sets of Decades Beads: 

1. I bind unto myself this day the virtues of the starlit heaven,

2. The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,

3. The whiteness of the moon at even,

4. The flashing of the lightning free,

5. The whirling wind’s tempetuous shocks,

6. The stable earth, the deep salt sea,

7. Around the old eternal rocks.

8. Christ be with me, Christ within me,

9. Christ to comfort and restore me,
10. Christ in hearts of all that love me, friend and stranger.

Returning to the Invitatory Bead/First Our Father Bead:

The Nicene Creed or Apostle’s Creed

On the Cross, Crucifix or Terminal Charm: 

I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity,

by invocation of the same,

the Three-in-One, the One-in-Three.

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