The Mighty Breastplate of St. Patrick

EPIC PRAYER. St Patrick… what a boss.

The Catholic Gentleman

selfdrive_st_patrickSt. Patrick is one of the most well-known saints in Christendom, and he left an indelible stamp on the Church despite the fact that we know very little about his life. In addition to being the missionary who almost single handedly converted Ireland, and being the man who permanently ridded the Emerald Isle of snakes, St. Patrick also happens to be the author of what is perhaps the manliest prayer the Church has ever seen—the “Lorica” or “breastplate” of St. Patrick.

This powerful, and quite beautiful, prayer can be said each morning, and it is recommended that it be prayed with Psalm 5, though this is optional. If you face “burning,” “wounding,” or “spells of women and smiths and wizards,” on a daily basis, this prayer is an absolute must.

Lorica of Saint Patrick

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator…

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