Exploring the Intersections of Faith and Life

Incarnational Prayer

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2009

Incarnational Prayer

As a follow-up to my last post, I share with you a Celtic “Breastplate Prayer” from Fursa of Ireland, 7th century, that Len Sweet tweeted yesterday. A breastplate prayer is a prayer that asks for God’s protection. There is such a physicality to these celtic prayers that it is hard for me not to both feel Christ’s/God’s presence and to want to be that for others.

The arms of God be around my shoulders,
The touch of the Holy Spirit upon my head,
The sign of Christ’s cross upon my forehead,
The sound of the Holy Spirit in my ears,
The fragrance of the Holy Spirit in my nostrils,
The vision of heaven’s company in my eyes,
The conversation of heaven’s company on my lips,
The work of God’s Church in my hands,
The service of God and the neighbour in my feet,
A home for God in my heart,
And to God, the Father of all, my entire being. Amen.

As we come to Easter and celebrate the resurrection of the one who was incarnated in a human body for us, let us reflect on what it means after Easter for us to now be the body of Christ in the world.

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