To celebrate my mother’s name day and the feast of the patron saint of Ireland and of Boston I thought I’d share some of my favorite versions of the prayer composed by St Patrick himself.
I first read all of the prayer variably known as St Patrick’s Breastplate, the Lorica or The Deer’s Cry when I took a class on the history of Ireland as an undergraduate at the University of Dallas (Ah Dr Sommerfeldt, such a wonderful teacher!) It’s a beautiful poem, a powerful prayer. One of my favorites. I love how different versions emphasize different aspects of the prayer. I can’t choose just one so here are a bunch of videos I found today.
Via Pat Gohn this spoken version, done as a sort of vocal collage (I’m sure there’s a name for that but I don’t know what it is):
Via the philosopher mom (be sure to say some prayers for her as she’s struggling with postpartum depression and serious back issues) this sung version that is really quite captivating. The kids loved it. Easy to learn the chorus of this one and sing along:
I include this abbreviated version because it has the Gaelic after the English:
This dramatic recitation version is the audiobook of “How the Irish Saved Civilization” it rather reminds me of some of the poetry in the audiobook version of The Lord of the Rings. I wish I knew who the reader is:
Plainchant version from Brother Alphonsus Mary. Lovely:
Another sung version: