Saint Patrick’s “Breastplate”

17 03 2013

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever.
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on the Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;

I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet ‘well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

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Fair Words

22 02 2013

Throughout the world, if it were sought,

Fair words enough a man shall find:

They be good cheap, they cost right nought,

Their substance is only wind:

But well to say and so to mean,

That sweet accord is seldom seen.

Thomas Wyatt





With Meditation

15 02 2013

Ceres

Happy the man, whose wish and care
   A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,
                            In his own ground.
Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
   Whose flocks supply him with attire,
Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
                            In winter fire.
Blest, who can unconcernedly find
   Hours, days, and years slide soft away,
In health of body, peace of mind,
                            Quiet by day,
Sound sleep by night; study and ease,
   Together mixed; sweet recreation;
And innocence, which most does please,
                            With meditation.
Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
   Thus unlamented let me die;
Steal from the world, and not a stone
                            Tell where I lie.
Alexander Pope
morning light
For further meditation …

 

 And Yahweh God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.

And Yahweh God took the man and set him in the garden of Eden to cultivate it and to keep it.

Genesis 2:8, 15, 18

Then Yahweh God said, “It is not good that the man is alone. I will make for him a helper as his counterpart.”

1 Thessalonians 4:10-12

But we urge you, brothers, to progress even more,and to aspire to live a quiet life, and to attend to your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you may live decently toward those outside, and may have need of nothing.

2 Thessalonians 3:10

For even when we were with you, we used to command this to you: that if anyone does not want to work, neither should he eat.

Ephesians 4:28

The one who steals must steal no longer, but instead must labor, working with his own hands what is good,

so that he may have something to share with the one who has need. 

Galatians 6:2-5

Carry the burdens of one another, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something although he is nothing, he is deceiving himself. 

But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in someone else. For each one will carry his own burden.

Romans 14:7

For none of us lives for himself and none dies for himself.

Hebrews 12:14-15

Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. Take care that no one falls short of the grace of God…

Micah 4:1-4

 

And it will be that at the end of those days,
the mountain of Yahweh
    will be established as the highest of the mountains,
and it will be lifted up above the hills,
    and people will stream to it.
 And many nations will come and say,
“Come! Let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh,
    and to the temple of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways,
    and that we may walk in his paths,”
for the law will go out from Zion,
    and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
 And he will judge between many peoples
    and will arbitrate for strong nations far away;
and they will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation will not lift up a sword against a nation,
    and they will no longer learn war.
 But they will sit, each under his vine
    and under his fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid,
    for the mouth of Yahweh of hosts has spoken.

Scripture quotations are from the Lexham English Bible. Copyright 2012 Logos Bible Software.  Link to http://www.lexhamenglishbible.com.





Lady

9 02 2013

Who can find a virtuous woman?

Her price is far above rubies. 

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.  She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth garments unto the merchant. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 

She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her: “Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.” Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

(This is adapted from Proverbs 31:10-31.  In the original Hebrew, the text was composed as a poem arranged in an acrostic format. The sound of the sense gets lost in translation, however, with a result in English that seems scatter-brained. Here, with the exception of one word, the English of the Authorized Version of 1611 is maintained, but the verses have been rearranged according to theme.)

 





Integer Vitae

2 02 2013

The man of life upright,

Whose guiltless heart is free

From all dishonest deeds,

Or thought of vanity;

The man whose silent days

In harmless joys are spent,

Whom hopes cannot delude,

Nor sorrow discontent;

That man needs neither towers

Nor armour for defence,

Nor secret vaults to fly

From thunder’s violence:

He only can behold

With unaffrighted eyes

The horrors of the deep

And terrors of the skies.

Thus, scorning all the cares

That fate or fortune brings,

He makes the heaven his book,

His wisdom heavenly things;

Good thoughts his only friends,

His wealth a well-spent age,

The earth his sober inn

And quiet pilgrimage.

Thomas Campion

“Beloved, I exhort you, as strangers and sojourners, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles, that as to that in which they speak against you as evildoers, they may through your good works, themselves witnessing them, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

1 Peter 2:11-12

“Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night…”

Psalm 119:54-55

“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth…  But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city.”

Hebrews 11:13,16