"St. Patrick's Breastplate has taken its place as one of the favorites in our little Parish community. It was written by the venerable saint himself, who was born in Ireland way back in the year 372. The song is set to a traditional Irish hymn melody and is not an easy feat to sing, for it trips merrily up and down and all around the scale.
Today I dedicate St. Patrick's Breastplate to our little Beau. It was sung in his honor at his memorial, and I know that he trips merrily along with St. Patrick himself in the emerald fields of heaven."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 forever, by pow'r of faith, Christ's incarnation;
His coming at the day of doom: I bind unto myself today.
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.
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.
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 heav'nly host to be my guard.I bind unto myself the Name, 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.