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From the Pastor's Desk
Last updated on November 1, 2018

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Over the years many have found Saint Patrick’s Breastplate to be a powerful and meaningful prayer. It’s words have been put to music on several occasions and one of these songs can be found in our hymnal (#702 Christ Be Beside Me). I am particularly fond of the section of the prayer that reads:

 

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 when I arise,

 

As Christians we not only confess Christ as Lord, but we also claim that he lives in us and we live in him, or as St Paul puts it, “it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). As a people whose life is infused with Christ Saint Patrick’s Breastplate reminds us that Christ is always and everywhere present in and with us. It calls us to take the time to be mindful of Christ’s presence with us and how his presence affects all aspects of our lives. The last section of this portion of the prayer reads:

 

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

 

Just as the previous section reminds of Christ’s presence with us, this section reminds us that we are to be the presence of Christ to others. This prayer tells us that our awareness of Christ in our lives should be so great that we live Christ’s presence for all whom we interact. This high calling is not easy, but I know Christ is needed in my life now as much as ever and so too is Christ needed in the world. So let us pray this prayer until its words become the reality of our lives.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Brian