Pray this Novena of St. Patrick’s Breastplate until March 17!!
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016 J.M.J. March 10, 2017 St. Katherine Drexel (USA) Dear Family of Mary! “Dear children! Today I am calling you to profoundly live your faith and to implore the Most High to strengthen it, so that winds and storms cannot break it. May the roots of your faith be prayer and hope in eternal life. Already now, little children, work on yourselves in this time of grace, wherein God is giving you the grace – through renunciation and the call to conversion – to be people of clear and persevering faith and hope. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (February 25, 2017) Yesterday (Thursday, March 9) during our Daily Rosary we picked a saint for the day to help us in our prayer for peace. The saint is drawn from a basket full of small pieces of paper with saint’s names on them. The saint we were given was St. Patrick of Ireland! We were excited because St. Patrick is such a strong saint, so full of evangelical zeal. One of the members of our online prayer group immediately sent us St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer. We prayed it together, and realized that if we prayed it each day until St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, we would have made a novena! So that is what we will do! Here is the Breastplate of St. Patrick. You may want to join in the novena. I find this prayer very powerful, as a spiritual warfare prayer, and as a faith building prayer. Our Lady asked us to build up our faith on February 25, so this prayer is an excellent response to her call. The Breastplate of St. Patrick 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. 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 the obedience of angels, In the service of archangels, In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward, In the prayers of patriarchs, In the predictions of prophets, In the preaching of apostles, In the faith of confessors, In the innocence of holy virgins, In the deeds of righteous men. I arise today, through The strength of heaven, The light of the sun, The radiance of the moon, The splendor of fire, The speed of lightning, The swiftness of wind, The depth of the sea, The stability of the earth, The 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 shield to protect me, God’s host to save me From snares of devils, From temptation of vices, From everyone who shall wish me ill, afar and near. I summon today All these powers between me and those evils, Against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose my body and soul, Against incantations of false prophets, Against black laws of pagandom, Against false laws of heretics, Against craft of idolatry, Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards, Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul; Christ to shield me today Against poison, against burning, Against drowning, against wounding, So that there may come to me an 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. In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2017 PS On March 12, 2017 many places in the USA and the world will change to Daylight Saving Time. For two weeks our schedule for live streaming will change in the USA in order to correspond to Bosnia time. (Check your local times on our world clock on the Home Page of Mary TV) March 12, 2017 (USA – EDT) Podbrdo Rosary – Sundays only -2:00 pm Medj time – 9:00 am EDT Hour of Mercy-every day- 3:00 pm Medj time – 10:00 am EDT Daily Rosary -every day – 4:00 pm Medj time – 11:00 am EDT Evening Rosary Medj. – Monday through Saturday -5:00 pm Medj Time -12:00 pm EDT International Mass – Monday through Saturday – 6:00 pm Medj time – 1:00 pm EDT On March 26, 2017 Medjugorje time will change to DST. Then we will be back on the normal schedule again.