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The Lorica, or Breastplate, Of Saint Patrick
A Powerful Christian Prayer For Protection

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    "The Deer's Cry" also known as "The Breastplate of St. Patrick" and
                                "The Lorica"

   This powerful prayer was composed by Saint Patrick in the year 433. He
   had learned that the Druids had set an ambush to try to kill him and
   his group en route to the king's court. So during during the march,
   they chanted this prayer for protection. As the Druids lay in hiding,
   ready to kill, they saw not Patrick and his men, but a gentle doe
   followed by twenty fawns.
   As this prayer protected Saint Patrick and his men from their enemies,
   so may it also protect you from all of your enemies, mortal and

                      The Lorica ("The Deer's Cry")

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

   I arise today
     Through the strength of Christ's birth with His baptism,
     Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
     Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
     Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

   I arise today
     Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
     In the obedience of angels,
     In the service of archangels,
     In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
     In the prayers of patriarchs,
     In the predictions of prophets,
     In the preaching of apostles,
     In the faith of confessors,
     In the innocence of holy virgins,
     In the deeds of righteous men.

   I arise today, through
     The strength of heaven,
     The light of the sun,
     The radiance of the moon,
     The splendor of fire,
     The speed of lightning,
     The swiftness of wind,
     The depth of the sea,
     The stability of the earth,
     The firmness of rock.

   I arise today, through
     God's strength to pilot me,
     God's might to uphold me,
     God's wisdom to guide me,
     God's eye to look before me,
     God's ear to hear me,
     God's word to speak for me,
     God's hand to guard me,
     God's shield to protect me,
     God's host to save me
       From snares of devils,
       From temptation of vices,
       From everyone who shall wish me ill,
         afar and near.

   I summon today
     All these powers between me and those evils,
       Against every cruel and merciless power
         that may oppose my body and soul,
       Against incantations of false prophets,
       Against black laws of pagandom,
       Against false laws of heretics,
       Against craft of idolatry,
       Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
       Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul;
     Christ to shield me today
       Against poison, against burning,
       Against drowning, against wounding,
       So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

          Christ with me,
          Christ before me,
          Christ behind me,
          Christ in me,
          Christ beneath me,
          Christ above me,
          Christ on my right,
          Christ on my left,
          Christ when I lie down,
          Christ when I sit down,
          Christ when I arise,
          Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
          Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
          Christ in every eye that sees me,
          Christ in every ear that hears me.

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


                       by St. Patrick, 433 A. D.
                 Composite Public Domain Translation
                 compiled and edited by Bill McGinnis

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