E-votions 18-I arise today! St. Patrick’s Breastplate

29 02 2012

My favorite songwriter-poet, Jim Croegaert, has introduced me to St. Patrick’s Breastplate through his music.  (I must confess if I hadn’t “googled” it, I would have credited the beautiful words to him!)  As it is, I can only thank him for the wonderful power of his music added to this first section of verse.  I recommend reading each phrase slowly.  It may sound a bit hokey, but indulge me—close your eyes and take a breath after each line.  If, like me, you love being in nature and drinking in all its power, serenity and beauty, I believe this poetry Jim has sung will also sing in your being this day.  As you consider the rock, pound your fist for emphasis, as Jim does the piano keys:  I arise today!

I arise today

Through the strength of heaven

Light of sun

Radiance of moon

Splendor of sky

Speed of lightning

Swiftness of wind

Depth of sea

Stability of earth

Firmness of rock


I arise today!

I have added below another section of this amazing prayer…


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 host to save me


From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude

May this “breastplate” empower your strength this day!

 + One lovely expression of St. Patrick’s Breastplate can be found at: http://www.allsaintsbrookline.org/celtic/breastplate.html

 + Jim’s extensive music repertoire can be explored at his website:  roughstonesmusic.com

E-votions 18 — Efb 6-27-11





2 responses

11 03 2013
Mike Foster

This reminds that it’s been too long since I heard Jim pray and sing.

27 03 2012
Brenda Havens

Hi!! I stopped by. This is lovely. This particular entry, and your blog site as well. I am encouraged to think about how to share Jim’s music at our little church. There are some pretty voices, but not so much on instrumentation, although our pianist may be able to play his music. Does he have sheet music?

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