St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 17, 2014
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St. Patrick's CrossEvery St. Patrick's Day, I love to read the testimony of this remarkable saint who brought the Gospel of Christ to Ireland. When he was about 16, Patrick was captured from his home in Great Britain, and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping to the continent of Europe. It was in a European monastery where he heard the salvation message of Jesus. Once converted to Christ, he returned to northern and western Ireland, giving the Good News to tribal lords. And from there, the Christian message spread throughout that island nation! To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, my get-up girls and I memorized the prayer he was famous for (and you may want to memorize it, too)!


Christ behind me, and Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, and Christ above me,
Christ to my right, and Christ to my left,
Christ when I lie down, and Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mind of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, and
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today through your mighty strength,
The invocation of the Trinity,
Through believe in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness,
Of the Creator of creation.

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Thanks so much for researching this story about Patrick of Ireland! His prayer is loaded with theology and is certainly worth memorizing ~ I'm going to work on it! I would like to see this emphasis made (rather than on drinking) for St. Patrick's Day -- I'm sure you'd agree!
  • March 25, 2014
  • 9 p.m.
  • Carolyn Crull
  • March 19, 2014
  • 5:55 p.m.
  • Lina Marcela Wimmers
Beautiful poem to memorize about Christ in us...always. I never heard of it before. I love knowing the truth about St. Patrick's day instead of luck, charms and the like.
  • March 17, 2014
  • 6:57 p.m.
  • cheri
I never knew this poem, but it fits perfectly with my solo at church yesterday, "Christ In Me" by Damaris Carbaugh. Thanks for sharing.
  • March 17, 2014
  • 10:54 a.m.
  • Martha Holubec
One of my very favorite poems! When my children were little and we homeschooled them, we would use this poem on St. Patrick's day for their copy work and Bible memory.
  • March 17, 2014
  • 9:26 a.m.
  • Sandi
I never heard that its beautiful. I knew he believed in the Trinity. My husband and I just read it together. Thanks Joni for sharing that today's my husband's birthday ...Michael Pactrick, of course. God Bless you and all the work you do.
  • March 17, 2014
  • 8:31 a.m.
  • Annemarie walsh
What a wonderful prayer, realizing we are surrounded by Christ. Reminds me of the chorus we sang at YFC. Christ for me, Yes, it's Christ for me! He's my Savior, my Lord and King, I'm so happy I shout and sing! Christ for me, Yes, it's Christ for me! Every day as I go my way, It is Christ for me!
  • March 17, 2014
  • 8:24 a.m.
  • Merrill W. Bergstedt