Lawrence's Breastplate

Spiritual Armor

(modifed, adapted, edited, redacted, modernized from Saint Patrick's Breastplate)

Cat Stevens - Morning has broken

The hymn originally appeared in the second edition of Songs of Praise (published in 1931), to the tune "Bunessan", composed in the Scottish Highlands. In Songs of Praise Discussed, the editor, Percy Dearmer, explains that as there was need for a hymn to give thanks for each day, English poet and children's author Eleanor Farjeon had been "asked to make a poem to fit the lovely Scottish tune". "Bunessan" had been found in L. McBean's Songs and Hymns of the Gael, published in 1900. Before Farjeon's words, the tune was used as a Christmas carol, which began "Child in the manger, Infant of Mary", translated from the Scottish Gaelic lyrics written by Mary MacDonald. The English-language Roman Catholic hymnal also uses the tune for the Charles Stanford hymns "Christ Be Beside Me" and "This Day God Gives Me", both of which were adapted from the traditional Irish hymn St. Patrick's Breastplate. Another Christian hymn "Baptize In Water" borrows the tune. Piano arrangement by Rick Wakeman.

I bind unto myself today and forever in the name
of the Creator and Sustainer the Dream of Creation

I bind unto myself today and forever,

by faith in the Reality of Creation,

by Baptism in Water of Life I am renewed.

My Soul is redeemed from everlasting death.

Rising from the spiced spiritual tomb of pragmatic materialism,

the Creator and Sustainer carries me in a spiritual way.

Creator and Sustainer with me eternally.

I bind unto myself today and forever,

The power of the compassion of Christ,

The sweet gratitude of being spiritually redeemed.

In the service of Creation,

Living the faith of the true Apostles' word,

Repeating the sweet words of Christ the Savior,

Awakening and redeeming spiritually corrupt souls,

Through the awesome power of the Holy Spirit.

I bind unto myself today and forever

the virtues of the starlit heavens,

the glorious sun's life-giving ray,

the whiteness of the moon at night,

The flashing of the lightning free,

The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,

The stable earth, the deep salt sea,

Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today

The power of to hold and lead,

Gaian eye to watch, Gaian might to stay,

Brahma's ear to hearken to my need.

The wisdom of Sophia to teach,

the hand of Thor to guide,

the shield of Mars to ward,

The Logos of Creation to give me speech.

Holy Spirit to be my guard,

Against the demonic snares of sin,

The lies that gives temptation force,

The unnatural lusts based on fantasy,

The hostile men that obstruct my course;

The few or many, far or nigh,

In every place and in all hours

Against their fierce hostility,

I bind to me the holy and sacred power of Creation,

of all that does exist, has existed or ever will exist,

To guide and protect me

Against intellectual idolatry,

Against all followers of evil,

Against false words of heresy,

Against false knowledge that defiles,

Against the propagandists' evil craft,

Against the spiritual death-wound of narcissism,

Against the chocking enslavement of totalitarianism,

Against the fossil fuel fire poisoned air, water and Earth,

Protect me, Creator and Sustainer from all of mankind's evil.

Christ within me, Christ above me,

Christ beside me, Christ before me,

Christ behind me, Christ beneath me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ to guide me in quiet and in danger,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me, in every ear that hears me.

I bind unto myself the Creator and Sustainer,

Æon, One seen as Three, through which all nature is grew,

Eternal Immortal Father, Everlasting Spirit, Divine Word,

Praise to my redemotion and my salvation,

Redemption found in the Words of Christ,

Salvation discovered in the Kingdom on Earth.

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