In honor of my favorite Saint, Patrick of Ireland, I wanted to share a song I wrote with my friend Eddie Kirkland. There are not a lot of modern worship songs that celebrate the life and legacy of St. Patrick and there are few other Christian holy days that have been so far removed from their original context. The legacy of Patrick is one of complete and utter Surrender unto Christ as is evidenced in the words of the prayer attributed to him, the Breastplate of St. Patrick. One of my favorite lines of this prayer captures my own heartbeat:
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.
Because Patrick so wished that Christ be the focus of his life and so desired that when people thought of him that they would think of Jesus, we set out to write a song that would in some small way help to preserve his legacy. If you follow the link on this page you will find lead sheets and a demo of the song we wrote from the prayer of St. Patrick. I just recorded the demo last night in an effort to have something ready by St. Patrick’s Day. It’s not ready for radio but will show your bands how the song goes. It’s free of charge to anyone who would like to use it. We hope that you will find this song helpful in your Sunday worship services. May God bless you and keep you.
Rick Lee James