Texts from Breastplate

from St Patrick's Breastplate

Christ be with me,
Christ within me,
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 will follow

alone, I am weak;
the dance that is solitary
is the dance that is vulnerable.
alone, I will fall.

alone, I will cry;
it is your name that I call
in the dark between the stars.
it is your face I seek.

come find me;
to you I will surrender
and never question why.
help me to stand tall.

dance with me;
be my shield and my sword
when the time comes to fight.
restore me to light.

enfold me, my Lord;
together, we raise a toast
to our Father above.
together, we live.

teach me to love,
for these are the paths that draw us
to the intensity of being.
surround me now.

I am not alone;
a new way of seeing
will renew my vow.
lead me home.