This Day I call to me

From Saint Patrick’s Breastplate -8th Century

This day I call to me:

God’s strength to direct me:

God’s power to sustain me,

God’s wisdom to guide me,

God’s vision to light me,

God’s ear to my hearing,

God’s word to my speaking,

God’s hand to uphold me,

God’s pathway before me,

God’s shield to protect me,

God’s legions to save me:

from snares of the demons,

from evil enticements,

from failings of nature,

from one man or many,

that seek to destroy me,

anear or afar.