vendredi 19 avril 2013

My first Friday Five

Deb at RevGals gave us the following invitation

I am an enthusiastic newspaper reader. Lately, however, world events have made it hard to read and process the pain in the world around me. Perhaps you have struggled with this, too.

So, with the events of the violence and tragedy from the Boston Marathon fresh in our memories, I thought it would be good for us to focus on where as RevGalBlogPals, we find healing, peace and strengthening. As a chaplain, there are days where I never seem to catch my breath, and invariably, those are the days that I need it the most! So with all this in mind, share with us these healing things

1. A piece of music

Gabriel's obe theme from "The Mission"

2. A place

It probably because I live so far from the ocean these days, but I love a beach. One with proper waves. This one has dark volcanic sand as a bonus:

3. A favorite food (they call it "comfort food" for a reason)

ooooh. something soothing that doesn't fit into my diet, like a well made cauliflower cheese.

4. A recreational pastime (that you watch or participate in)

Swimming.  When my brain is too full I swim laps. Concentrating on breathing doesn't leave room for anything else.

5. A poem, Scripture passage or other literature that speaks to comfort you.

It has to be St Patrick's breastplate. I learned it off by heart a few years back and it has helped me in many places (St Patrick was of course Scottish, like me!):

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 the 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 the 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.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan's spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart's idolatry,
Against the wizard's evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

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 the Name,
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.

4 commentaires:

  1. Magnifique! Merci! And therein I have exhausted most of my applicable French.

    I LOVE that theme from The Mission, the more so because of my talented Reedy Girl who is an oboeist. Thank you for the reminder of St. Patrick's Breastplate.

    May peace abound.

  2. I'm super impressed that you memorized all of St. Patrick's Breastplate...I can only ever manage a stanza or two before I need to google the rest.

    Love that beach picture--I think I relaxed just thinking about it!

  3. I am listening to the song as I try to compose my comment. So beautiful.

  4. Hello and bonjour likewise -- thank you for your comment on Ask the Matriarch this morning -- this is my first visit to your blog, and I'll be back! all blessings --