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Was St. Patrick one of the first liberation theologians?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathleen-deignan/st-patrick-one-of-christi_b_502532.html

For prayer today, turn to ELW 450 or LBW 188 and read or sing (with a lilt) St. Patrick’s Breastplate:

Many of the stories around St. Patrick are legends that accumulated over the centuries. There are, however, two documents that scholars generally accept as having likely been written by Patrick. One is an autobiography written in 450, 16 years before his death: http://www.cin.org/patrick.html

St. Patrick (c. 372 – 466) was kidnapped at the age of 16, carried off by Irish marauders and sold as a slave. While in Ireland he learned the Celtic tongue, which would serve him so well later as a bishop assigned to Ireland. His master was the Druid high priest, so he became familiar with their religious system. It’s amazing how our hardest, worst experiences prepare us and empower us for what is to come.

He escaped and travelled 200 miles on foot to get home. Later he would return and be credited with converting Ireland to Christianity.

Here is an excerpt from The Prayer of St. Patrick aka St. Patrick’s Breastplate. By far my favorite part is the Christ be with me section toward the end:

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind unto myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God’s Power to guide me,
God’s Might to uphold me,
God’s Wisdom to teach me,
God’s Eye to watch over me,
God’s Ear to hear me,
God’s Word to give me speech,
God’s Hand to guide me,
God’s Way to lie before me,
God’s Shield to shelter me,
God’s Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many…

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the ship,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

Listen to John Rutter’s setting of the Christ Be With Me section. From Pastor Mark English (Kinsmen, Houston):

http://bit.ly/aVD8GR

For those who read to the bottom, here’s another spiritual experience. “O Danny Boy” by Celtic Woman. Sappy but, works on me:

For those who read to the bottom, here’s another listening and pondering experience. “O Danny Boy” by Celtic Woman. Sappy but, works on me, and “You Raise Me Up” by the same.