St. Patrick’s Binding Prayer

A Binding Prayer or Breastplate is a poem that invokes God’s protection on a journey (either literal or the metaphorical “journey of life”) against all manner of evils, including “the spells of women and smiths and druids.” It was dated as from the 8th century by modern academicians and is traditionally attributed to St. Patrick. It is composed in the same style as pagan protection charms from Ireland, but with clearly Christian content. It was translated into English by Cecil Frances Alexander as the popular Victorian hymn “I bind unto myself to-day.”(Wikisource)

The original Irish text can be found at St. Patrick’s Breastplate.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day we’re providing our visitors with a free printable copy of St. Patrick’s Breastplate.

Click on the image below to download an 8 1/2 x11 pdf.