St. Patrick | The Rose, His Prayer For Advent

St. Patrick Hybrid Tea Rose

Christ with me
Christ before me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Pastor Larry Daniel on the Right | Mrs. Joni Daniel on the left next to the Four Lit Advent Candles
Pastor Larry Daniel on the Right | Mrs. Joni Daniel on the left next to the Four Lit Advent Candles The Night of the Reading of the Prayer of St. Patrick

[Note: People sometimes pray the above 15 line version of St. Patrick’s Prayer. The conclusion of the full version follows below.]

On Christmas Eve Pastor Larry Daniel of Ramsey Christian Church recited the above 15 lines of St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer during the lighting of the Advent Candles. It seems fitting that during the 12 Days of Christmas to honor the prayer and the beauty of the rose St. Patrick, an AARS Award winner from 1996.

What Do the Advent Candles Symbolize?

The Advent Candle Lighting Ceremony
The Advent Candle Lighting Ceremony

Shaped in a perfect circle meant to represent the Eternity of God, four candles traditionally red represent the four Sundays of advent. The fifth candle in the middle traditionally a white candle in center of represents Christ.

St. Patrick’s Breastplate is a popular prayer attributed to one of Ireland’s most beloved patron saints. According to tradition, St. Patrick wrote it in 433 A.D. for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity. (The term breastplate refers to a piece of armor worn in battle.)

More recent scholarship suggests its author was anonymous. In any case, this prayer certainly reflects the spirit with which St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland! St. Patrick’s Breastplate, also known as The Lorica of Saint Patrick was popular enough to inspire a hymn based on this text as well. (This prayer has also been called The Cry of the Deer.

Put on the the full armor of God…

I arise today 
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

[Note that people sometimes pray a shorter version of this prayer just with these 15 lines about Christ above. The conclusion follows below.]

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

The Armor of God

When St. Paul referred to putting on the “Armor of God” in his letter to the Ephesians (6:11) to fight sin and evil inclinations, he could have been thinking of prayers just like this one! We may not wear combat gear in our daily lives, but St. Patrick’s Breastplate can function as divine armor for protection against spiritual adversity.

St. Patrick in the background & Love Song in the Foreground

How December 25th Came To Be ‘Christ’ Birth Day

“The earliest source stating December 25 as the date of birth of Jesus was Hippolytus of Rome (170–236), written very early in the 3rd century, based on the assumption that the conception of Jesus took place at the Spring equinox which he placed on March 25, and then added nine months.[21] There is historical evidence that by the middle of the 4th century the Christian churches of the East celebrated the birth and Baptism of Jesus on the same day, on January 6 while those in the West celebrated a Nativity feast on December 25 (perhaps influenced by the Winter solstice); and that by the last quarter of the 4th century, the calendars of both churches included both feasts.[22] The earliest suggestions of a fast of Baptism of Jesus on January 6 during the 2nd century comes from Clement of Alexandria, but there is no further mention of such a feast until 361 when Emperor Julian attended a feast on January 6 in the year 361.[22]

Days of the Christmas Season

St. Patrick in the Garden
St. Patrick in the Garden

In the Christian tradition, the Christmas season is a period beginning on Christmas Day (December 25). In some churches (e.g. the Lutheran Churches and the Anglican Communion) the season continues through Twelfth Night, the day before the Epiphany, which is celebrated either on January 6 or on the Sunday between January 2 and 8. In other churches (e.g. the Roman Catholic Church) it continues until the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which falls on the Sunday following the Epiphany, or on the Monday following the Epiphany if the Epiphany is moved to January 7 or 8. If the Epiphany is kept on January 6, the Church of England‘s use of the term Christmas season corresponds to the Twelve Days of Christmas, and ends on Twelfth Night.

Angel Watching Over My Glasses
Angel Watching Over My Glasses

What Is Advent?

This short Christmas season is preceded by Advent, which begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day: the majority of the commercialized Christmas and holiday season falls during Advent. The Anglican Communion follows the Christmas season with an Epiphany season which lasts until Candlemas (February 2), which is traditionally the 40th day of the Christmas–Epiphany season;[23] in the Lutheran Churches and the Methodist Churches, Epiphanytide lasts until the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday.”*

  • Source: Wikipedia
St. Patrick | Gaga's Garden
St. Patrick | Gaga’s Garden

Rose Gardener Christmas List

DeWit Hand Tools

Rosie O'Donnell on Christmas Eve in Texas
Rosie O’Donnell on Christmas Eve in Texas

“What do you want for Christmas?”

Do you get that deer in the headlights look when asked this question? As a doer, giver and caretaker of others, does it make you uncomfortable when asked “what do you want for Christmas?” As a mother, father, wife, husband, daughter, son, good neighbor, friend, and a care-taker of others even if during the year you’ve thought of things you want is it difficult for you to think of things you want and even harder to ask for them? Let me give you some ideas. Let’s reflect on the variety of things you can do as a rose gardener and this may give you some ideas of things you could ask for. 

Photography

Rose Cross | Rose Accessorizing

Rose Accessorizing

Bouquet of Roses | Flower Arranging
Bouquet of Roses | Flower Arranging

Flower Arranging

The American Rose Society Judges Class Winners | ARS National Convention, New York, 2015
The American Rose Society Judges Class Winners | ARS National Convention, NY

Showing Roses

'Bonica' Beautiful prolific ever blooming shrub
‘Bonica’ Beautiful prolific ever blooming shrub

Extension of your interior design

'Betty Boop' Floribunda, a red-blend beauty that lasts and lasts in the rose garden
‘Betty Boop’ Floribunda, part of a collection of roses named after Hollywood Icons

Rose Collections

Gift Ideas for the Gardener

Rose Photographer: camera, camera equipment, lens, stabilizer,

Rose Accessorizing: Baskets, drying equipment, books on uses of rose petals, flower drying, how to make potpourri

Flower Arranger: Unusual vases, books on arranging, classes on flower arranging

Showing Roses: log onto www.rose.org and sign up for membership for either one year membership or call for availability for a trial membership for your loved one. There’s so much for members on showing roses for members online.

Extension of your interior design: Subscription to Gardening magazines, Books, books, books!

Jackson & Perkins Splendor Rose Duet #MyJPRoses
Jackson & Perkins Splendor Rose Duet #MyJPRoses

Rose Collections: Gift Certificates are always the perfect gift. They are available at most garden centers and right now Jackson & Perkins roses are available for pre-ordering if you see a little box by the rose.

 

 

Corona Garden Snips
Corona Garden Snips

Gardening Tools

Do you know anyone that has too many gardening tools?! No? Neither do I. They make a perfect gift for someone who loves rose gardening. And whatever tool you get from Corona Tools makes a wonderful gift. An especially wonderful gift also is an engraved tulip trowel from Dewit Garden Tools. DeWit makes some of the most beautiful and quality tools on the market. And oh my goodness, let’s not forget this seedkeeper kit. It is just amazing and it was created by entrepreneurs Carol & Kerrie, The Seedkeepers. I hope I’ve given you some ideas. I know it’s so hard to come up with ideas and even more difficult to ask for things but just maybe this will give you the gentle nudge you need to ask for some of the gardening items you really want but might have forgotten to write down through the year.

Seeds Started | DeWit Gardening Trowel | Seedkeeper Kit

 

DeWit Hand Tools
Engraved DeWit Tulip Trowel and Small Fork for Close Spaces

And last but not least gauntlets make a nice gift and one can never have too many gardening gloves! Happy Shopping for the gardeners on your list.

Bionic Gloves | Soft Durable | Comfortable
Bionic Gloves | Soft Durable | Comfortable

Living Christmas Trees | Red Roses | The White House Historical Assoc. Christmas Ornaments

Norfolk Pine Fresh for the Holidays

 

Fresh for the Holiday Norfolk Pine from Costa Farms
Fresh for the Holiday Norfolk Pine from Costa Farms, decorated with red roses and The White House Historical Association Christmas Decorations

Norfolk Pine A Living Christmas Tree

The White House Historical Association creates and sells an ornament each year to commemorate how presidents through the years have celebrated Christmas in the White House. One of my favorites is the 2003 White House Ornament. It’s a boy on a rocking horse.  It is inspired by an authentic Victorian illustration of a child’s joy at Christmas.

Monica, Gives Presidential Ornament Each Year
left to right Gabi, Monica, Tanna Monica Gives Us the Presidential Ornament Each Year

My daughter-in-law’s parents began giving us an ornament each year when we all became a family. I can’t wait to see the exquisite gift box that holds the treasured ornament every Christmas.

The White House Historical Association Christmas Ornaments

This year the Garden Media Group featured a Facebook promotion for their client Costa Farms, in Florida. The promotion showed an adorable Norfolk Pine and asked this question “How would you decorate a “Fresh for the Holidays” Norfolk Pine?” I said I would decorate the tree with  “my treasured White House Historical Christmas Ornament Collection.” I am delighted to say I won the Norfolk Pine! Here’s the Costa Farms Fresh for The Holidays Living Christmas Tree decorated with the White House Historical Association ornaments, and red roses. The live tree arrived in perfect condition. I received an email from Stacy at Garden Media Group saying that it shipped yesterday and it arrived today packaged perfectly smelling of Christmas trees.

Norfolk Pine Fresh for the Holidays
Decorated Norfolk Pine from Costa Farms, with Graham Thomas, a favorite rose grown and photographed from Gaga’s Garden framed in the background

Costa Farms Living Christmas Tree and Red Roses

The ornaments are extra special for two reasons. History is important, and all profits from the ornaments go to fund acquisitions of historic furnishings and artwork for the permanent White House Collection, and to assist in the preservation of the public rooms in the White House and to further its educational mission.

Norfolf Pine with Santa as a Tree Topper
Norfolf Pine with Santa as a Tree Topper

Extended Family Giving Ornaments

The second is I enjoy a special relationship with our son’s in-laws and think of them as a caring and thoughtful extended family. I think this ornament is such a thoughtful meaningful gift that one can treasure always.

In closing,  a dear friend, Nancy Healey once said to me “Susan, relationships are fragile.”  Like ornaments on a Christmas tree relationships are fragile.  As we approach the holidays it’s a good time of year to remember to preserve our relationships and create new memories for our family histories.

Fudge_W

My Favorite Things, Raindrops on Roses

Whiskers on Kittens

Raindrops on Roses
Raindrops on Roses

[listly id=”2ky” theme=”light” layout=”full” numbered=”yes” image=”yes” items=”all”]

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Whiskers on Kittens
Whiskers on Kittens

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens

Warm Woolen Mittens
Warm Woolen Mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings

Packages Tied Up With String
Packages Tied Up With String

These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels

Cream Colored Pony
Cream Colored Pony

Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings

Wild Geese That Fly With The Moon on Their Wing
Wild Geese That Fly With The Moon on Their Wing

These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes

Girls in White Dresses
Girls in White Dresses

Girls in White Dresses
Girls in White Dresses

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs

Snowflakes That Stay On My Nose & Eyelashes
Snowflakes That Stay On My Nose & Eyelashes

These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

 

My Favorite Things” is a song from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.

Julie Andrews also sings it in the 1965 film. Now its often played during this time of year and is thought of fondly as a Christmas song.

Lorrie Morgan Sings My Favorite Things. Merry Christmas