‘I invoke today all these powers
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of paganism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of witches, and smiths, and wizards,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man…’
Lines taken from the ancient Irish prayer known as St Patrick’s Breastplate. This statue in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin is thought to represent Ireland’s national patron.
The Irish Aesthete sends best wishes to all friends and followers on St Patrick’s Day. Stay safe, stay well.
What a wonderful and timely post! This is the perfect post for St. Patrick’s Day this year. Thank you!
We need this prayer especially in these present times! May the Lord heal all who have the Corona 19 plague.
Many thanks for all your great work throught this past year Robert. Have a healthy & happy’ish St Patricks Day!
Thank you. Good strong words in a time of trouble, I will carry them with me. Best wishes to you and thank you for your wonderful posts.