I RISE TODAY: An Old Celtic Prayer

I RISE TODAY:  An Old Celtic Prayer 

I rise today
in the power’s strength,
invoking the Trinity
believing in threeness,
confessing the oneness,
of creation’s Creator. 

I rise today
in the power of Christ’s birth and baptism,
in the power of his crucifixion and burial,
in the power of his rising and ascending,
in the power of his descending and judging. 

I rise today
in the power of the love of cherubim,
in the obedience of angels and service of archangels,
in hope of rising to receive the reward,
in the prayers of patriarchs,
in the predictions of the prophets,
in the preaching of apostles,
in the faith of confessors,
in the innocence of holy virgins,
in the deeds of the righteous. 

I rise today
in heaven’s might,
in sun’s brightness
in moon’s radiance,
in fire’s glory,
in lightning’s quickness,
in wind’s swiftness,
in sea’s depth,
in earth’s stability,
in rock’s fixity.

I rise today
with the power of God to pilot me,
God’s strength to sustain me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look ahead for me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to protect me,
God’s way before me,
God’s shield to defend me,
God’s host to deliver me, from snares of devils, from evil temptations, from nature’s failing, from all who wish to harm me, far or near, alone and in a crowd. 

Around me I gather today
all these powers against every cruel and merciless force
to attack my body and soul,
against the charms of false prophets,
the black laws of paganism,
the false laws of heretics,
the deceptions of idolatry,
against spells cast by women, smiths, and druids,
and all unlawful knowledge that harms the body and soul. 

May Christ protect me today
against poison and burning,
against drowning and wounding,
so that I may have abundant reward;
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me;
Christ within me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me;
Christ to the right of me,
Christ to the left of  me;
Christ in my lying,
Christ in my sitting,
Christ in my rising;
Christ in the heart of all who think of me,
Christ on the tongue of all who speak to me,
Christ in the eye of all  who see me,
Christ in the ear of all who hear me. 

I rise today
in power’s strength,
invoking the Trinity,
believing in threeness,
confessing the oneness,
of creation’s Creator. 

For the Lord belongs salvation,
and to the Lord belongs salvation
and to Christ belongs salvation. 

May your salvation, Lord, be with us always. 

“Saint Patrick’s Breastplate.”Old Irish, eighth-century prayer 

The most famous Celtic prayer shows why the Celts are known for exalting both creation and the Creator. 

Prayer from Oliver Davies and Fiona Bowie, “Celtic Christian Spirituality: An Anthology of Medieval and Modern Sources” (SPCK, 1995)

One Comment on “I RISE TODAY: An Old Celtic Prayer

  1. This is actually a poem writtne by St Patrick, titled “The Deer’s Song”…legend says he used to hide from the Celts who were trying to kill him because of his beliefs by going into the woods & singing this poem…they thought it was a deer singing.

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