My Prayer

I arise today (I bind unto myself this day)
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of the patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.
Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, Third stanza
(For complete prayer, click Lent 2016: Saint Patrick’s Breastplate)

My God,

May I have the eyes of a child and a heart full of ancient wisdom – both necessary to see your cherubim, angels, and archangels

May I remember that resurrection is your way with all things, now and forever, meeting me here and now; resurrection is its own reward

May my life answer to the prayers of the patriarchs, not reject them

May the prophets’ words bless me with compassion for anyone in need and the strength to help them even at my own cost

May my words about Jesus be truthful and plain

May faith infuse my every thought

May I value innocent trust over worldly mistrust

Whoever I am, whatever I do, keep me in your love. Sinful and righteous, there is no life for me beyond you.


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I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

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