Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Travelling Mercies

We are preparing to travel to California to vacation with my husband's side of the family. We will be gone for nearly three weeks. My husband doesn't believe in going on any trip that requires air travel that is less than ten days...so three weeks is just about right for us. Blogging will likely be sporadic.

I must admit nervousness about air travel and also being on the West Coast with all of that insane earthquake activity right now. So I pray my way through my fears...

Here is one wonderful ancient prayer that I am going to print out and tuck into my reading material on the plane.

                            Lorica of Saint Patrick

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 (ca. 377)


Blogger Liz J said...

I, too, will be travelling this week. But I'm leaving the West Coast across the Pacific and beyond to Cambodia. Don't fear the earthquakes. I don't. I am praying that God keeps you and your family safe and peaceful during your trip. God bless you.

6:00 PM  
Blogger WES ELLIS said...

you'll be fine over here in cali. I've been here for 19 years and have not burned up or been raddled to death yet.

hope you can blog I enjoy reading.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Heidi said...

Micah Girl -

I just discovered your blog through www.deepsoil.com, and I was intrigued by your description of your blog - "The random thoughts of a creative woman, devoted wife and mother, emerging minister, and relaxed homeschooler." Sounds like me! - Or at least, what I'd like to be someday. I've been perusing your blog and I love what I've read so far. Thank you for the prayer from St. Patrick...it was exactly what I needed today. God bless you...

3:44 PM  

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