Saturday, November 05, 2011

Baby prep

We're at about the halfway point for baby #4...I'm sure the rest of the time will both fly by and drag on and on and on.... So far I've bought my first-ever crib (I love co-sleeping, but after so many years my shoulder is starting to protest) and a new convertible carseat (since one of ours will expire before this little one is ready for it).  Last up on the big prep items are a girl's name (boy's name still hanging around since we chose it in 2002) and a Baptismal hymn. I think I've settled on St. Patrick's Breastplate:

1 I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One, and One in Three.
2 I bind this day to me for ever
By pow'r of faith, Christ's incarnation,
His Baptism in the Jordan river,
His cross of death for my salvation,
His bursting from the spic├Ęd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.
3 I bind unto myself today
The pow'r of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to say,
His ear to harken 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 heav'nly host to be my guard.
4 Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile foes that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In ev'ry place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me those holy pow'rs.
5 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,
Of whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of my salvation;
Salvation is of Christ the Lord!

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