Scripture

«You surround me with shouts of deliverance.»

Psalm 32:7

Thought

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.

– St. Patrick of Ireland

Prayer

Like king David in Psalm 32, St. Patrick of Ireland often prayer for the Lord to surround Him with shouts of deliverance. Take some time to listen to this musical version of St. Patrick’s prayer and may the Lord surround you this day.

I bind to myself today the blessed trinity,
trinity in unity, the creator of all things.
I bind to myself today Christ the blessed son,
in His birth, His life, His death and resurrection.

I bind to myself today the power of heaven,
the brightness of the moon and the light of the sun,
the swiftness of wind and the flash of lightning,
the depth of the sea, stability of the earth.

God’s Power to guide me, God’s Ear to hear me,
God’s Word to give me speech,
God’s Wisdom to teach me, God’s Hand to guide,
God’s shield before me, God’s way to be my path.

Against the snares of demons, seductions to the wrong.
Against the lusts of nature, and those who wish me woe.
Against every hostile and merciless power,
And every false knowledge that binds the human soul.

Christ within me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ on my left and right
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me.

Christ in every eye who see’s me,
Christ in every ear who hears me,
Christ in every one who speaks to me,
Christ in every one that I see,
Christ in everyone that I hear,
Christ in every one to whom I speak.

God’s Power to guide me, God’s Ear to hear me,
God’s Word to give me speech,
God’s Wisdom to teach me, God’s Hand to guide,
God’s shield before me, God’s way to be my path.

Christ within me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ on my left and right
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me.