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Celebrating St. Maewyn Sucat Day

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After two days of waiting for stand-by seats in the beautiful Denver airport, (who knew it was spring break and everyone and his roommate would be passing through Denver with their skis?) we’re back on the East Coast.

It’s a sunny Saint Patrick’s Day and I may be the only person in our little town who forgot to wear green today. Whoops!

I learned several new facts about Saint Patrick, or Maewyn Sucat, whose day we “celebrate”, and wanted to pass it on to you.

There are many legends without much substance, but Patrick’s is fairly consistent if you filter out the wilder tales. Aside from his original name, I learned that he is considered the patron saint of the disenfranchised.

My husband read a book about Patrick which he raves about, and I recommend it to you as well. It is, How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill.


I was also touched by the songwriter, Mark Patrick, who was inspired to learn more about St. Patrick and in learning, seems transformed by the experience.


For more about the teenage slave, Maewyn Sucat, who became the great Patrick, check out the History Channel’s account:


One of my favorite songs is attributed to a poem written by Patrick. I hope you will be at peace as you read it below.

I bind unto myself today
the strong Name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever,
by power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation;
his baptism in Jordan river;
his death on cross for my salvation;
his bursting from the spicèd tomb;
his riding up the heavenly way;
his coming at the day of doom:
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
of the great love of cherubim;
the sweet “Well done” in judgment hour;
the service of the seraphim;
confessors’ faith, apostles’ word,
the patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls;
all good deeds done unto the Lord,
and purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
the virtues of the starlit heaven
the glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
the whiteness of the moon at even,
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 God to hold and lead,
his eye to watch, his might to stay,
his ear to hearken, to my need;
the wisdom of my God to teach,
his hand to guide, his shield to ward;
the word of God to give me speech,
his heavenly host to be my guard.

Christ be with me,
Christ within me,
Christ behind me,
Christ before me,
Christ beside me,
Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort
and restore me.
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ in quiet,
Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of
all that love me,
Christ in mouth of
friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself today
the strong Name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.
Of whom all nature hath creation,
eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.


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