May Christ guide and protect you, through and from, the things that set out to destroy you.
The Lorica [Armour] of St. Patrick
Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop deck
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me,
I bind to myself today
The strong invocation of the Trinity,
I Believe in the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.
– Patrick of Ireland, 493 A.D, ‘Celtic Prayer: Lorica of St. Patrick [St. Patrick’s Breast-Plate]’ (Abridged; FULL version)
Catholic Encylcopedia St. Patrick sourced 2011 from http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11554a.htm