Saint Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer Card

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The beloved Christian hymn with Old Irish lyrics was attributed to St. Patrick in the 5th century until later information shows it is probably written in the 8th century. It was inspired by St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians where he compares Christ's righteousness as the Christian's breastplate to the Roman soldier's metal shield breastplate worn to protect the chest in battle. The chest protects the heart and using this St. Patrick's Breastplate holy card prayer every morning invites protection for your heart which symbolically houses the spirit.