The Lorica
Prayer of St. Patrick


The Lorica speaks of the powerful resources of Christ's indwelling presence. Praying The Lorica is a tangible way to pull on the armour of God and to intentionally clothe yourself with the Spirit's power. Below is a shortened version. Link to the full version.

The Lorica

I arise today
Through a mighty strength,
The invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth,
with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion,
with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection,
with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent
for the judgment of Doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of
the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection
to meet with reward.
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun, Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind, Depth of sea,
Stability of earth, Firmness of rock.

I arise today
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.
I summon today all these powers
between me and those evils,
Against every cruel merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Christ to shield me today
abundance of reward.

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,
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.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength,
The invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation.

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Merton's Prayer of Unknowing Gire's Prayer of Devotion

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