I guess I had better go put on something green. My grandchildren will be over in a few minutes and if I am not wearing green they will pinch me. Many myths and legends have grown up around St. Patrick’s Day and the pinching of the greenless is one of them.

Many people do not know that Patrick was a missionary to Ireland in the 5th century. The Breastplate of St. Patrick is a prayer attributed to him and I wanted to post an abridged version of that prayer today . . .

As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.

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,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone 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.

Grace and Peace,
Terry

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