Tuesday, January 17, 2012

An Irishman Speaks


...my dear friend, borninhobo. A member of the Dream Team.  An Irishman.

How to combat the darkness of human nature, bitter words aimed to wound and scar?

With the words of Saint Patrick himself.   

GA will give him the last word.

And in those words the faithful may glean the meaning of his life, which wasn't to sell tickets to a Liebler Hoboken pub crawl.

Here are the words of Saint Patrick, who never attended a house party in Hoboken or paid $20 to get into a Washington Street bar- acts which Hoboken's Parade Committee inextricably tie to the Saint's  celebration when they refuse to hold it on a week day.

It is in fact, it's these 36 members of the Parade Committee who have lost their way. Puffed with pride and self-importance.  They have stolen the celebration from Hoboken.  The celebration of the Saint.

In his own words, the beautiful prayer of St. Patrick, composed by him in preparation for victory over Paganism. The following is a literal translation from the old Irish text:

*note, this prayer can be recited on any day of the week, not only on Saturday


I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God's Power to guide me,
God's Might to uphold me,
God's Wisdom to teach me,
God's Eye to watch over me,
God's Ear to hear me,
God's Word to give me speech,
God's Hand to guide me,
God's Way to lie before me,
God's Shield to shelter me,
God's Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe


Thank you, Saint Patrick.  And you shall have the last word.

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