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I Rise Today

I’m not big on mornings, but it seems this famous Celtic prayer could get things off on the right foot.

I Rise Today

I rise today

in the power’s strength, invoking the Trinity

believing in threeness,

confessing the oneness,

of creation’s Creator.

I rise today

in the power of Christ’s birth and baptism,

in the power of his crucifixion and burial,

in the power of his rising and ascending,

in the power of his descending and judging.

I rise today

in the power of the love of cherubim,

in the obedience of angels

and service of archangels,

in hope of rising to receive the reward,

in the prayers of patriarchs,

in the predictions of the prophets,

in the preaching of apostles,

in the faith of confessors,

in the innocence of holy virgins,

in the deeds of the righteous.

I rise today

in heaven’s might,

in sun’s brightness,

in moon’s radiance,

in fire’s glory,

in lightning’s quickness,

in wind’s swiftness,

in sea’s depth,

in earth’s stability,

in rock’s fixity.

I rise today

with the power of God to pilot me,

God’s strength to sustain me,

God’s wisdom to guide me,

God’s eye to look ahead for me,

God’s ear to hear me,

God’s word to speak for me,

God’s hand to protect me,

God’s way before me,

God’s shield to defend me,

God’s host to deliver me,

from snares of devils,

from evil temptations,

from nature’s failings,

from all who wish to harm me,

far or near,

alone and in a crowd.

Around me I gather today all these powers

against every cruel and merciless force

to attack body and soul,

against the charms of false prophets,

the black laws of paganism,

the false laws of heretics,

the deceptions of idolatry,

against spells cast by women, smiths, and druids,

and all unlawful knowledge that harms the body and soul.

May Christ protect me today

against poison and burning,

against drowning and wounding,

so that I may have abundant reward;

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me;

Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me;

Christ to the right of me, Christ to the left of me;

Christ in lying, Christ in sitting, Christ in rising;

Christ in the heart of all who think of me,

Christ on the tongue of all who speak to me,

Christ in the eye of all who see me,

Christ in the ear of all who hear me.

I rise today

in power’s strength, invoking the Trinity,

believing in threeness,

confessing the oneness,

of creation’s Creator.

For to the Lord belongs


and to the Lord belongs salvation

and to Christ belongs salvation.

May your salvation, Lord, be with us always.

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