St. Patrick's Breastplate
St. Patrick's Breastplate is contained in the ancient Book of Armagh, from the early ninth
century, along with Patrick's authentic "Confession."
St. Patrick is said to have written this prayer to strengthen himself with God's protection as he
prepared to confront and convert Loegaire, high king of Ireland.
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
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.