(re)Imagining Today

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Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, otherwise known as the Feast of Saint Patrick.  The feast day, established in the seventeenth century, marks the day that an early leader of the church in Ireland died.  Patrick is thought to have been born in what is present-day Wales in the fourth century to a Roman family.  According to legend, as a teenager, Patrick was kidnapped and taken to what is now Ireland.  After spending some six years as a shepherd, he escaped and sailed home to Wales.  Ordained a priest back in Wales, the story continues, Patrick returned to Ireland to spread Christianity, particularly teaching his Irish converts about the Christian notion of the Trinity by referring to the shamrock or three-leafed clover.  This association of the clover with Patrick has bolstered the link between his feast day and wearing green.

Tradition, also, connects Patrick to a hymn, purportedly written by him.  On this St. Patrick’s Day and our first day back from Spring Break, I offer the words from that hymn as a reminder that all life, including the life of faith, needs a little play and patent frivolity.

Enjoy and see you along the way, wearing green I hope!

“I Bind unto Myself Today

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 forever,
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation,
His baptism in the Jordan River,
His cross of death for my salvation,
His bursting from the spiced tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom,
I bind unto myself today.

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.

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 has creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of my salvation;
Salvation is of Christ the Lord!

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