Christ with me

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.

From “Faeth Fiada” (“Cry of the Deer”, also known as “St Patrick’s Breastplate”), a morning prayer traditionally attributed to St Patrick of Ireland but perhaps 8th century in origin.

The video above is of Elder Arsenie Papacioc, who explains the temptations we face in a way which makes every line of this prayer seem to come alive in a new and wonderful fashion.

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2 thoughts on “Christ with me

  1. This certainly gives new and deeper meaning to the words of this hymn. It is a very good reminder that even as we are surrounded by Christ’s presence so are we surrounded by temptations.

    Peace, Mike+

  2. Thank you, Mike. I’m delighted you liked it too; I’ve always loved this prayer, and I found Elder Arsenie really helpful in understanding it better.
    Peace to you and blessings for this New Year.

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