This series explores “The Lorika of St. Patrick”/ “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”, a beautiful prayer or poem of protection.
The next verse is this:
I arise through the strength of His descent for the Judgment of Doom
This strikes our ears strangely. We need to understand the mediaeval concept of “the harrowing of hell”:
In this image we see humanity being rescued, represented by Adam and Eve at front right.
God, in the form of Christ, literally pulls them out by hand as the monsters of hell look on threateningly but, ultimately, with no power to stop the “rescue mission”.
So rising “through the strength of His descent for the Judgment of Doom” means stepping out of whatever terrible mess we find ourselves in each new day – or rather reaching out to be pulled out of the day’s mess by God.
I find it a hopeful line!