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St. Patrick’s breastplate

March 16, 2009

Tomorrow morning I will get my HSG, or hysterosalpingogram. This is the test where they basically inject dye into my uterus and take a bunch of x-rays to see if there is any blockage. I am extremely nervous about the test because it is supposed to be a bit painful. Also because I fear them finding some crazy blockage, or a T-shaped uterus or something. I am so nervous about the test that I had trouble going to sleep last night (TWO nights before), just thinking about it.

Today I realized the test will happen on St. Patrick’s Day, which initially just seemed amusing — it being such a decidedly un-festive procedure.  But then I thought, “umm, hello? Of course I can just ask St. Patrick to pray for me.”  You got that, St. Patrick? Tomorrow is your day, and I could use your prayers!

I am also comforted today by the Breastplate of St. Patrick. This has always been one of my favorite prayers, and it seems especially appropriate preparing for a nerve-wracking procedure and an unknown future. I will be repeating these words to myself tomorrow morning…

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.

[…]

Against the wizard’s evil craft,

Against the death-wound and the burning

The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,

Protect me, Christ, till thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

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 hath creation,

Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:

Praise to the Lord of my salvation,

salvation is of Christ the Lord.

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