A Prayer of St. Patrick of Ireland
—March 19

389–461

I bind unto myself today,
the strong name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.

I bind this day to me forever,
by power of faith,
Christ’s incarnation;
his baptism in the Jordan river;
his death on the cross for my salvation.

His bursting from the spiced’ tomb;
his riding up the heavenly way;
his coming at the day of doom,
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself today:
the virtues of the star-lit heaven,
the glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
the whiteness of the moon at even,
the flashing of the lightning free,
the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
the stable earth, the deep salt sea,
around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
the power of God to hold and lead,
God’s eye to watch, God’s might to stay,
God’s ear to hearken to my need,
the wisdom of my God to teach,
God’s hand to guide, God’s shield to ward,
the word of God to give me speech,
God’s heavenly host to be my guard.

I bind unto myself the name,
the strong name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, the One in Three,
of whom all nature has creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word.

Praise to the Lord of our salvation, Amen.