Richard Bruxvoort Colligan. O Christ Surround Me. Used by permission. 

One of the gifts I gained as “not a PK but the kid of parents who were super-dedicated laity” is that I have many, many hymns and songs in my heart that come to me when I need them.

One of the gifts of RevGals is that I am exposed to an ecumenial selection of music. So, while I am quite familiar with St. Patrick’s Breastplate, the inspiration for this lovely hymn, I only know it in one format…this one. Traditionally sung in the Episcopal Church at ordinations, it has two tunes and can be pretty complicated for a congregation to follow.

RevGal Rev. Stephanie Anthony shared on Facebook that one of her children was singing the Colligan version while getting ready for school yesterday. What a joy…a singing child, an ancient text, and (to me) a new version of a loved hymn, so singable. I’ll be joining M. in her singing of this in the mornings! I hope it blesses you, too, whether it’s new to you or you know it by heart.

Blessings on your Tuesday!!

Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger.

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