Tag: Patrick

I arise (5) – stepping out of hell

I arise (5) – stepping out of hell

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 … Continue reading I arise (5) – stepping out of hell

I arise (4) – Rising through the strength of resurrection

I arise (4) – Rising through the strength of resurrection

The "Lorica" or "Breastplate" of St. Patrick is so packed full of rich ideas, that it is rewarding to consider each section, even each line, in some depth - which is what this series of posts set out to do. The next line moves from burial to resurrection: "I arise...through the strength of His Resurrection … Continue reading I arise (4) – Rising through the strength of resurrection

I arise (3) – Rising from Burial

This series of posts focuses on the "protection prayer" known as "The Breastplate (or Lorica) of St. Patrick". Today's lines have a strange and challenging clashing combination of words: "I arise today ... through the strength of His Crucifixion with His Burial" How can anyone rise through another's suffering and death? How can anyone derive … Continue reading I arise (3) – Rising from Burial

I arise (2) – Belovedness

This series of posts was insired by The Lorica of St. Patrick, a long prayer of protection that has inspired millions down through the centuries. It beings with such inspiration, repeating the phrase "I arise" - perfect as we rise, and the sun rises, for the start of each new day. The line this post … Continue reading I arise (2) – Belovedness

Spiritual Reflection – I arise and The Lorica of St. Patrick (1)

This is the first in a series on "The Lorica of St. Patrick" (a "lorica" is aprotection prayer) , known as "The Deer's Cry" or "St. Patrick's Breastplate". It's a prayer that could be used in the morning, as it begins simply: I arise More than that, the "arising" is through a mighty strength What … Continue reading Spiritual Reflection – I arise and The Lorica of St. Patrick (1)