Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Saint Patrick’s Breastplate’

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.

Read Full Post »