To mark St. Patrick’s Day 2021, approximately one year since COVID restrictions began, we are grateful to our friends in New Irish Arts and Orchestra for providing us with the first ever live performance of The Irish Blessing which can now be viewed on our YouTube Channel.
This performance was part of PATRICK – an online event with music and stories celebrating Ireland’s Patron Saint, which was broadcast live from St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, on the 13th March. Click here to view the free event in its entirety.
The words of St. Patrick’s Breastplate feature as the climax of The Irish Blessing. May these ancient words continue to provide comfort, healing and protection in these COVID times.
Christ be with you, Christ within you,
Christ behind you, Christ before you,
Christ beside you, Christ to win you,
Christ to comfort and restore you.
Christ beneath you, Christ above you,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love you,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.