Upon Rising

First Prayer of the Morning:

I arise today through the Strength of Heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendour of fire,
Speed of lightening,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

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.

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.

–excerpts from The Lorica, also called The Deer’s Cry Prayer or Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, attributed to Saint Patrick. (First stanza translated by Kuno Meyer; remaining stanzas translated by Cecil Frances Alexander)

Upon Seeing the Sun the first time each day (or when first outside)

O Source of the sun’s brightness,
who alone has knowledge of our purpose,
be with us each day,
be with us each day,
be with us each night,
be with us each night and day,
be with us each day and night.

-traditional Irish blessing, adapted from translation by Caitlin Matthews in The Little Book of Irish Blessings

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