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March 17, 2008


St. Patrick's Day. This day is in honor of a missionary born in Roman Britain, a Celt captured and sold into slavery by "Irish marauders" to the chieftain Milchu in the year 403 AD to work in what is now the County of Antrim. Saint Patrick died on March 17, in either 493 or 460. From a poem and prayer possibly by him, here are lines from St. Patrick's Breastplate.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

Posted by JD Hull at March 17, 2008 04:13 PM


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