Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.

Saturday, March 16, 2002  

More St. Patrick...

St. Patrick's Breastplate

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 spiced tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord
And purity of virgin souls.

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 the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility
I bind to me these holy powers.

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.
Courtesy of the Blithering Idiot.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:45 PM

Friday, March 15, 2002  

Ah, St. Patrick's Day! Cheap green beer in the bars, and talentless radio hacks doing bad Irish accents in the commercials touting "the saving of the green" at the local StuffMart. Give me a break. Julia Vitullo-Martin gets it right over at the Opinion Journal. Of St. Patrick, she writes:

His Ireland was still dangerous, one of the few areas of Europe never civilized by Rome. Despite living in "daily expectation of murder, treachery, or captivity," Patrick established Ireland as the center of Christian civilization whose monasteries would later save the great manuscripts of the West during the Dark Ages.

This is the man honored every March 17 on the anniversary of his death (ca 461) by American youths vomiting on the streets of New York, Boston, Chicago and other major cities. How did we get here?

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:18 AM

"We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God." I Corinthians 8:1-3

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 7:12 AM

Wednesday, March 13, 2002  

Have you ever thought really hard about what utilitarianism really means? Do you even care?

You should. Over at Breakpoint, Chuck Colson talks about the utilitarian arguments in favor of cloning.

On March 5, [Christopher] Reeve testified at the U.S. Senate. Echoing Jeremy Bentham, he made a thoroughly utilitarian argument in favor of cloning and embryonic stem cell research. Reeve said, "Our government is supposed to serve the greatest good for the greatest number." This is, at best, a naïve and, at worst, a dangerous argument coming from a man in a wheelchair.

So, what's the big deal? Go read the piece.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:56 PM

"Blood libel" isn't a common term. According to ReligiousTolerance.org, Blood libel is "the accusation by 'religious group A' that 'religious group B' is committing unbelievably despicable acts of ritual murder."

It appears that the official Saudi press is engaged in blood libel. Thanks to The Corner for the link.

Update: I've been thinking about this issue a bit. In the immediate aftermath of the attacks of 9/11, we were repeatedly told that "Islam is a religion of peace." OK. What do the tenets of Islam have to say about lying? Inquiring minds want to know.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 1:33 PM

It's probably a good thing that I don't have loads of disposable income, because I'd probably spend it on stuff like this.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:53 AM

Tuesday, March 12, 2002  

I'm moving my blog from Geocities (and renaming it while I'm at it). Geocities announced they were discontinuing their FTP support for the freebie sites, and Blogger uses FTP to publish. C'est la vie.

The old stuff will be available over at Ruminations, Ramblings and Rants for a while.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 6:44 PM
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