Thursday, 18 March 2010

St Patrick's Day - slightly delayed!

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 Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spiced 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.

No, I'm not Irish (or even from Dumbarton or Barrow on Furness which both claim to be St Pat's birthplace) but I was confirmed on the Feast of St Patrick in 1985. I did very little about it this year (daily office, no Guinness!) except for luxuriating in a bath with nice essential oils! Well, I was swimming in the morning, so exercise wasn't really needed. I love the Trinitarian solidity of this hymn (Shine Jesus Shine just doesn't cut it in comparison).

This morning is an "at home" being on the back shift, so Scotch Broth is on the make. Marvellously, I have inherited Mum's soup making gene:-)! And then 2 1/2 days off!! Joy abounds!


  1. Thanks for posting this. I read it in the Hymnal last night as my tip o' the hat to St. Patrick.

  2. I had this as the Offertory hymn at my first occasion of presiding at the Eucharist - all of it(!), in tribute to what I owe to the Church of Ireland and Trinity College, Dublin.

  3. All of it? OMG, I think I had "Firmly I believe and truly" because I rather like Newman.