FRIDAY THE SEVENTEENTH OF MARCH, 2017
* Patrick *
I bind unto myself today
the strong name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the three in one and one in three.
I bind this day to me for ever,
by power of faith, Christ's incarnation;
his baptism in the Jordan river;
his death on cross for my salvation;
his bursting from the spiced tomb;
his riding up the heavenly way;
his coming at the day of doom;
I bind unto myself today.
I bind unto myself the power
of the great love of the cherubim;
the sweet 'well done' in judgment hour,
the service of the seraphim,
confessors' faith, apostles' word,
the patriarchs' prayers, the prophets' scrolls,
all good deeds done unto the Lord,
and purity of virgin souls.
I bind unto myself today
the virtues of the starlit heaven,
the glorious sun's life-giving ray,
the whiteness of the moon at even,
the flashing of the lightning free,
the whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
the stable earth, the deep salt sea,
around the old eternal rocks.
I bind unto myself today
the power of God to hold and lead,
his eye to watch, his might to stay,
his ear to hearken to my need;
the wisdom of my God to teach,
his hand to guide, his shield to ward,
the word of God to give me speech,
his heavenly host to be my guard.
Against the demon snares of sin,
the vice that gives temptation force,
the natural lusts that war within,
the hostile men that mar my course;
or few or many, far or nigh,
in every place and in all hours,
against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.
Against all Satan's spells and wiles,
against false words of heresy,
against the knowledge that defiles,
against the heart's idolatry,
against the wizard's evil craft,
against the death wound and the burning,
the choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
protect me, Christ, till your returning.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the name,
the strong name of the Trinity;
by invocation of the same,
the three in one, and one in three,
of whom all nature has creation,
eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
praise to the lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the lord.
( attributed to Saint Patrick )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Patrick: the man behind the blarney
Saint Laika’s remembers Patrick today, servant of Christ and apostle of Ireland.
So much has been made of Patrick, so many tales and legends associated with him, that any credible written devotion, ought to take to heart the Wikipedia warning: “Most available details of his life are from subsequent hagiographies and annals, and these are now not accepted without detailed criticism.”
One of the writings that passes the credibility test is a short document entitled the "Confessio." Those interested in the real Patrick might find it enjoyable to read. It reads a bit like a diary, but shows a man with a healthy sense of his own sinfulness, a man with a strong confidence that the future is secure in God’s hands, a man in love with the Irish people. Here are a few short excerpts:
“My name is Patrick. I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers. I am looked down upon by many. My father was Calpornius. He was a deacon; his father was Potitus, a priest, who lived at Bannavem Taburniae. His home was near there, and that is where I was taken prisoner. I was about sixteen at the time. At that time, I did not know the true God. I was taken into captivity in Ireland, along with thousands of others. We deserved this, because we had gone away from God, and did not keep his commandments.”
“So I am first of all a simple country person, a refugee, and unlearned. I do not know how to provide for the future. But this I know for certain, that before I was brought low, I was like a stone lying deep in the mud. Then he who is powerful came and in his mercy pulled me out, and lifted me up and placed me on the very top of the wall.”
“I am greatly in debt to God. He gave me such great grace, that through me, many people should be born again in God and brought to full life. Also that clerics should be ordained everywhere for this people who have lately come to believe, and who the Lord has taken from the ends of the earth. How has this happened in Ireland? Never before did they know of God except to serve idols and unclean things. But now, they have become the people of the Lord.”
“I pray for those who believe in and have reverence for God. Some of them may happen to inspect or come upon this writing which Patrick, a sinner without learning, wrote in Ireland. May none of them ever say that whatever little I did or made known to please God was done through ignorance. Instead, you can judge and believe in all truth that it was a gift of God. This is my confession before I die.”
Scripture. In the second chapter of "First Thessalonians," as verses three and four we read:
"For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts."
... for peace in the world.
... for the people of Ireland, both in the north and in the south and for people of Irish descent throughout the world.
... for the holding together of the peace agreement in Northern Ireland.
... for the safety of all taking part in Saint Patrick Day celebrations this weekend.
... for Grizz and all animals who help us, but who we repay with betrayal and ruthlessness. DETAILS
... for those injured when a gun-obsessed seventeen year old boy attacked a school in Grasse, France. DETAILS
... for those who were killed or injured during an air strike on a mosque in a rebel-held village in northern Syria, in particular the civilians, and for all caught up in the warfare and violence in that land. DETAILS
... for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
From "The Truth about Love" by Josephine Hart:
When boys called Bob and Bono would bring their own wild-rhythm celebration and the world would fall down in worshipful hallelujahs as it again acknowledged Ireland's capacity to create missionaries. So what if they were "the boys in the band"? They sang from a pulpit, an enormous pulpit looking down on a congregation that would knock your eyes out. A city that had produced Joyce and Beckett and Yeats, a country that had produced poet-heroes and more priests and nuns per head of population than almost any on earth was not going to spawn boys who just wanted to stand before a packed hall of gyrating teenagers and strum their guitars and sing. They had to have a message. One of salvation; they were in it to save the world. Like I said, we're teachers, missionaries.
Almighty God, who in your providence chose your servant Patrick to be the apostle of the Irish people, to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of you: Grant us so to walk in that light, that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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