(based on a prayer of St. Patrick)
You are our armor in times of trouble:
hear our prayer.
Awaken in us a desire to love and praise You,
for You are our companion
in times of joy and in times of trouble.
Guide us by your Strength, O God,
and preserve us by your Power,
that we may always walk before You.
Instruct us by your Wisdom,
and protect us by your mighty Hand
as we seek to be your disciples.
Direct us by your Way,
defend us by your Shield,
and send your angels to guard us night and day.
Be with us,
before us, and in us, Holy Spirit,
and send us out with a zeal to serve You
with our whole heart.
Fill us with a Holy Fire
to embody your gospel of love and forgiveness to friend and foe,
and place your blessing upon those we now name.