St Patrick’s Breastplate
We wrap round ourselves today the great name of the Trinity,
the Three in One, the One in Three, the God who lives eternally.
Christ within us, Christ around us, Christ beside us, Christ surround us,
Christ behind us, Christ before us, Christ to comfort and restore us.
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger,
Christ beneath us, Christ above us, Christ to cherish and to love us.
God it was who made creation, eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of our salvation, salvation is Christ the Lord.
O God, come to our aid: O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father, glory to the Son,
Glory to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
Psalm 26: The Lord is my light, the Lord is my help. . . . . .
Glory to God the Father, glory to the Son,
Glory to God the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen.
The Lord is my light, the Lord is my help.
Let us pray
You heard the prayers of St Patrick,
And you gave him the courage and vision to
respond to your call.
Let us who honour his memory
Be generous in our service of you and our neighbour.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Though Jesus Christ: Canticle from Philippians 2:6-11
Though Jesus Christ was in the form of God,
he did not count such equality to be grasped.
Instead, he freely emptied out himself,
and took the form of a servant, was born like us.
In human form he chose humility,
and gave himself up to dying upon a cross.
Because of this our God exalted him, and raised him
gave him a name above every name.
At Jesus’ name now every knee should bow
be they in heav’n or on earth or creation’s depths.
A short Reading from St Patrick’s Letter to Coroticus
“O most dear ones, I can see you
Beginning the journey to the land
Where there is no night nor sorrow nor death…
You shall reign with the apostles and prophets and martyrs.
You shall seize the everlasting kingdoms,
As Christ promised when he said:
‘they shall come from the east and the west
and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob
in the kingdom of heaven.”
Short pause then : Glory to God in the highest . . . . .
Gospel Acclamation: Praise to you, O Christ. . . . . . Glory to the
Father, glory to the Son, glory to the Holy Spirit now & for ever. Amen
A reading from the Prophet Jeremiah 1:4-9
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, `I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you shall go, and whatever I command you shall speak.
Be not afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.”
Then the Lord put forth his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me,
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
After the intercessions
Christ be beside me, Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me, King of my heart,
Christ be within me, Christ be below me,
Christ be above me, never to part.
Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand,
Christ all around me, shield in the strife.
Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting,
Christ in my rising, light of my life.
Christ be in all hearts thinking about me.
Christ be in all tongues telling of me.
Christ be the vision in eyes that see me,
in ears that hear me, Christ ever be.
St Andrew Agnus Dei
This is the bread come down from heaven,
Whoever eats of it will never die.
This is the cup of eternal life,
Whoever drinks if it will live for ever.
Benedictus verse 4: tune: Finlandia
And you, my child, are favoured by the Most High:
you shall be called a prophet of our God.
You shall go forth as herald from the Lord,
and shall prepare the ways on which he comes.
You shall make known the wonders of salvation
to everyone called chosen by the Lord.
Recessional: Hail, glorious St Patrick . . . . .
Christ be beside me: adapted from ‘St Patrick’s Breastplate ‘ã James Quinn Hymn from St Patrick’s Breastplate from St Patrick’s Cantata: © Stephen Smyth; music © David Harris. Ps 26 : Words taken from The Psalms: A New Translation ã The Grail. Music of Ps 26 ã Kevin Mayhew Ltd. Reading taken from St Patrick’s Letter to Coroticus quoted in Celtic Daily Light A spiritual journey through the year Compiled by Ray Simpson and published by Hodder and Stoughton. Graphics © Netta Ewing.”