Friday, August 12, 2005

Good morning....

One of the things I realized when I came back from Belarus, and indeed, I think one of the things we all realize when we travel, especially abroad, is how fortunate we are. This often manifests itself in little things. For me, it was the morning after I came home, and I set my feet down on carpeting. It was warm, spongy...soft. It made me appreciate getting up in the morning. It reminded me of something I found a long time ago, from one of my people...

Lorica (Morning Paryer)

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preachings of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul.
Christ shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that reward may come to me in abundance.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation


St. Patrick

2 comments:

Bush_babe_4ever said...

I like this blog. You are right. Fish or cut bait. I fish cause it is fun. My family are good fisherman. We are NORWEIGAN. We discovered America. I AM RIO ERICKSON.

I will cut bait when I feel like it. I cut quite often which is why I was never good at fishing. And fish are good protein. TALAPIA that's good fish. And the GARDEN OF EDEN was in NORWAY.

FishrCutB8 said...

Welcome to my world, Rio. Not sure if your people discovered America (there's a theory out there about the Chinese now, and there has also been speculation about the Phoenicians, plus all of those indiginous people we so conveniently wiped out and named sports teams after...).

I like to fish as well, and it's a sight better than sitting around and cutting bait. And for what it's worth, Tilapia is one of my favorites...