St. Patrick’s Breastplate: My confirmation hymn, our bounden duty and seeking God’s presence when the rubber hits the road

In Chicago they dye the river green. And in Springfield, the candidates in our April 2 city election joined the good and the great downtown to march in our annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Amid the festivities, my parish church, Peace Lutheran, remembered the actual fifth-century saint by posting the above meme to Facebook.

All of which reminded me of my confirmation hymn, a Victorian Anglo-Irish setting of a poem attributed to St. Patrick. It’s known by the tune name ST. PATRICK’S BREASTPLATE or by its first line, “I bind unto myself this day …”

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