I was reading a book called ‘Celtic Christianity’ some years ago when I found the most beautiful translation, by James McKay, of an ancient 5th Century prayer attributed to St Patrick. In it the saint asks for God’s protection, and we know it today as ‘St Patrick’s Breastplate’.
Now the cynics among us might want to quip, “Well God doesn’t seem to be doing a very good job at the moment, protecting us, does he!” But we might argue, “Isn’t it far better to be wrapped in God’s safe arms and loving care, rather than to wander through life aimless and lost and frightened? It’s a comfort to know that living or dying, we are his regardless, now and through eternity!”
My call to ministry initially came while singing a hymn based upon St Patrick’s breastplate, called ‘I Bind Unto Myself today’. So this particular piece of writing is very special to me, so much so that I wanted to put my own music to it.
(Words translated by James P Mackay from the book, ‘An Introduction to Celtic Christianity by T&T Clark Ltd) Music © 1995 Sheila Hamil), used with permission.
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