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Spirituality and Worship

For St Patrick's Day


I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.


I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.

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 all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, 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.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.


Cecil Frances Alexander may be better-known for such hymns as "Once in Royal David's city", but this translation of the great Breastplate tradition of Celtic spirituality is surely one of the best-known ways in many of our traditions of honoring St Patrick whose feast day occurs today, the 17th March.


It's a great day for honoring the Celtic way which honors all creation and the ability to see Christ in friend and strange, and for the heritage so many of us share here in this part of the world - whether our ancestors - like mine - came on ships 150 years or so ago and more, or who - more recently - come on planes bringing the beautiful lilt of Irish English to our shores anew and make a new generation of Irish immigrants.

It's a great day too, to honor all creation and to pray for Ireland and it's people.

Alex Scutt - Melbourne 17 March 2013

Humanism and the Common Good


At the Gathering in April, Doug Golding presented two electives based on his continuing research into methods of comparing and contrasting religious and philosophic traditions based on what he calls ‘the 4 Bs’ of religion: believing, belonging, behaving and becoming. The first session considered the five major world faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism), the second session looked at humanism. Each session included discussion questions which challenged the group.

You can download a copy of the paper Humanism and the Common Good here. Download the paper

At the start of the year


One of my earlier poems as we start out on another year, opening our hearts to what lies ahead, even if largely unknown…..

It’s the hug,
It’s the crazy joke,
It’s the warm hand,
It’s the fish and chips.

It’s the sudden laughter,
It’s the silent tears,
It’s the washing up,
It’s the touch of love.

It’s the quiet smile,
It’s the burnt toast,
It’s the tender note,
It’s the lost glasses.

It’s the hidden pain,
It’s the long search,
It’s the truth telling,
It’s the inner healing.

2012 Common Good Forum Documents

Download copies of the talks from the July 29 2012Common Good forum here:
Andrew Murray
George Browning
Stephen Leeder
(All three talks in one document.)

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