Saint Patrick's Day Prayers

What is Saint Patrick's Day?

Saint Patrick's Day celebrates the famous fifth century Christian bishop and missionary, Patrick, credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Saint Patrick's Day is a popular secular holiday in Ireland, the United States, and many other countries.

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Breastplate of Saint Patrick

three shamrocks on a stained glass decoration

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. 

Translation: Cecil Frances Alexander

Ancient Saint Patrick's Day Prayer

O God, by whose providence the blessed Patrick was chosen to be the apostle of the Irish; that thus the people of Hibernia, who had gone astray in darkness and in the errors of the Gentiles, might be made children of the Most High by the laver of regeneration: Grant, we beseech thee, that by his intercession, we may hasten without delay to the paths of justice. Through Christ our Lord.


From the Breviary of Armagh, cited in The Liturgical Year: Vol. 5

Saint Patrick's Day Collect

Almighty God, who in your providence chose your servant Patrick to be the apostle of the Irish people, to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of you: Grant us so to walk in that light, that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever.

Feast of Saint Patrick Liturgy of the Hours Prayer

God our Father, You sent Saint Patrick to preach your glory to the people of Ireland. By the help of his prayers, may all Christians proclaim your love to all men. Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Christian Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours

A Prayer to Saint Patrick

Apostle sent by God to Ireland, in your humility you called yourself a sinner, but you became a most successful missionary and prompted countless pagans to follow the Savior. Many of their descendants in turn spread the Good News in numerous foreign lands. Through your powerful intercession with God, obtain the missionaries we need to continue the word you began.

New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book

Ancient Antiphon to Saint Patrick

All the children of Ireland cry out to thee: Come, O Holy Patrick, and save us! From the words the angel spoke to Patrick, cited in The Liturgical Year: Volume 5


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Updated 02-15-2018