St. Patrick’s Breastplate is a prayer beseeching protection. Tradition attributes its authorship to St. Patrick who composed it during his ministry to the people of Ireland in the fifth century. This is a shortened version.
“I arise today through God’s strength to pilot me, God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to see before me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me, God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me, God’s host to secure me—against snares of devils, against temptations and vices, against inclinations of nature, against everyone who shall wish me ill, afar and near, alone and in a crowd…Christ be 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 down, Christ when I arise. 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.”