Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.
(St. Patrick of Ireland, d. 461AD)
Hymns in honor of St. Patrick, Bishop of Armagh, Enlightener of Ireland
KONTAKION TONE 4
FROM SLAVERY YOU ESCAPED TO FREEDOM IN CHRIST’S SERVICE:
HE SENT YOU TO DELIVER IRELAND FROM THE DEVIL’S BONDAGE.
YOU PLANTED THE WORD OF THE GOSPEL IN PAGAN HEARTS.
IN YOUR JOURNEYS AND HARDSHIPS YOU RIVALLED THE APOSTLE PAUL!
NOW THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE REWARD FOR YOUR LABORS IN HEAVEN,
HOLY BISHOP PATRICK,
NEVER CEASE TO PRAY FOR THE FLOCK YOU HAVE GATHERED ON EARTH.
It is hard to write words that will fittingly show the glory of the
servant of God. He did not come with earthly power and wisdom to
conquer a land, but with the humility and meekness of a slave. He won
all hearts by his great endurance and his love for the God who had
redeemed him. We, too, are struck by his forbearance and give glory to
the Lord whom he served, crying: NEVER CEASE TO PRAY FOR THE FLOCK YOU HAVE GATHERED ON EARTH.