Hymn of St. Patrick

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celticcross Like Psalm 139, this great mystical praise, attributed to St. Patrick speaks of God’s presence in every corner of our lives. I woke up with the words of this hymn going through my mind, and commend it to you today. ~ TD 


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 for ever,
by power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation;
his baptism in Jordan river;
his death on cross for my salvation;
his bursting from the spicèd tomb;
his riding up the heavenly way;
his coming at the day of doom:
I bind unto myself today.
his riding up the heavenly way;
his coming at the day of doom:
I bind unto myself today.
I bind unto myself the power
of the great love of cherubim;
the sweet “Well done” in judgment hour;
the service of the seraphim;
confessors’ faith, apostles’ word,
the patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls;
all good deeds done unto the Lord,
and purity of virgin souls.
I bind unto myself today
the virtues of the starlit 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,
his eye to watch, his might to stay,
his ear to hearken, to my need;
the wisdom of my God to teach,
his hand to guide, his shield to ward;
the word of God to give me speech,
his heavenly host to be my guard.
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 bind unto myself today
the strong Name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.
Of whom all nature hath creation,
eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.


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0 responses to “Hymn of St. Patrick

  1. Thank you, TD, for starting our week with this inspiring and comforting hymn.

     
  2. A welcome touch of civility in an increasingly uncivil society. Many thanks.

     
  3. Beautiful!!

     
  4. Being Irish, I loved this…thanks so much

     
    • traildustfotm

      Thanks Kelleigh! I am 100% Irish lineage, but had never read or heard this while growing up as a devout Catholic. At around 20 years old, after surrendering my life to the Lord Jesus Christ, I heard it for the first time, in a pentecostal Episcopal church!!! It touched my Irish Catholic heart, and sang to the mystical Tolkien fan I had become. If Gandalf were to sing hymns, he would certainly have sung this one. In my Episcopal sojourn, God had brought me back to my Catholic roots. And good roots they are.

       

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