702. Christ Be Beside Me

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1 Christ be beside me;
Christ be before me;
Christ be behind me,
King of my heart.
Christ be within me;
Christ be below me;
Christ be above me,
never to part.

2 Christ on my right hand,
Christ on my left hand,
Christ all around me,
shield in the strife.
Christ in my sleeping,
Christ in my sitting,
Christ in my rising,
Light of my life.

3 Christ be in all hearts
thinking about me;
Christ be on all tongues
telling of me.
Christ be the vision
in eyes that see me;
in ears that hear me
Christ ever be.

Text Information
First Line: Christ be beside me
Title: Christ Be Beside Me
Author: James Quinn, SJ (1969)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Psalm 3:3; Psalm 139:7-8; Matthew 28:20; Luke 24:32; Colossians 1:27
Topic: Dedication and Stewardship; Living in Christ
Language: English
Tune Information
Arranger: Dale Grotenhuis (1985)
Key: C Major
Source: Gaelic melody
Copyright: Arr. © 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources

Text Information:

This text adapts part of a traditional Irish prayer associated with St. Patrick (see also no. 6). Such a prayer for protection is known as a lorica, from a Latin word for “breastplate” or “armor.” It is set to a Gaelic melody that gained wide popularity in the 1970s.

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