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The Awareness Examen and The Deer’s Cry




I give thanks for the graces, benefits and good things of my day


I ask the Holy Spirit for help to discern my day with openness


I review my day, hour by hour,  to see how God is working in my life


I respond to what I felt or learnt in review of my day


I resolve with hope and grace to amend my life tomorrow.

Our Father….

Prayer taken from Light Spiritual Exercises by Father Michael Hansen SJ

 The Deer’s Cry

I arise today

Through the strength of heaven

Light of sun

Radiance of moon

Splendour of fire

Speed of lightning 

Swiftness of wind

Depth of the sea

Stability of earth

Firmness of rock

I arise today

Through God’s strength to pilot me

God’s eye to look before me

God’s wisdom to guide me

God’s way to lie before me

God’s shield to protect me

From all who shall wish me ill

Afar and anear

Alone and in a multitude

Against every cruel merciless power

That may oppose my body and soul.

Christ with me,  Christ before me,

Christ behind me, Christ in me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,

Christ when I arise, Christ to shield me.

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me.

I arise today.

St. Patrick’s Breastplate   anon. 8th Century: Translated fro old Irish by Kuno Meyer.

(Many beautiful musical versions online.)


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