As an antidote to yesterday’s dipping in the cesspool of political scum, today I received an email (thanks, Catenea!) that sent me searching YouTube for the Lorica sung in Latin or French. I didn’t find that, but I did find it in Gaelic.
Críost liomsa, (Christ with me)
Críost romham, (Christ before me)
Agus Críost i mo chroí’se, (and Christ in my heart)
Críost os mo chionn’sa, (Christ above me)
Críost fúm, (Christ below me)
Agus Críost ar mo chroí’se. (and Christ on my heart)
Agus Críost i mo chroí. (and Christ in my heart)
…and in English, Sung by Rita Connolly, with a good part of it a capella:
I arise today
through the strength of heaven.
Light of sun, radiance of moon,
splendor of fire, speed of lightning,
swiftness of wind, depth of the sea,
stability of earth, firmness of rock.
I arise today
through God’s strength to pilot me
God’s eye to look before me, God’s wisdom to guide me
God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me
From all who shall wish me ill,
Afar and a near, alone and in a multitude
Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body, and so…
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 to shield me.
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me;
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me.
I arise today.
Here it is with three part harmony, vocalist is Lucy Bunce, backup is with Celtic instruments:
This poem, this Faedh Fiada is also spelled Faeth Fiada and even fOid Jiada. Other names for it include The Lorica of St. Patrick, St. Patrick’s Breastplate[Lúireach Pádraig], and Saint Patrick’s Rune (the “rune” is a shorter group of stanzas within the Lorica itself-I wrote about it here). It is also identified with the canticum Scotticum attributed to St. Patrick sometime before the ninth century. The text of this Irish hymn is in Atkinson”s Liber Hymnorum; a full text in Old Irish and Latin, with notes in English, is available in Google books. A discussion of the available manuscripts is here.