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The Lorica


The Lorica – Music and Lyric by Gayle Salmond

I bind unto myself today

The gift to call on the Trinity

The saving faith where I can say

Come three in one, oh one in three


Be above me, as high as the noonday sun

Be below me, the rock I set my feet upon

Be beside me, the wind on my left and right

Be behind me, oh circle me with Your truth and light


I bind unto myself today

The love of Angels and Seraphim

The prayers and prophesies of Saints

The words and deeds of righteous men


God’s ear to hear me

God’s hand to guide me

God’s might to uphold me

God’s shield to hide me

Against all powers deceiving

Against my own unbelieving

Whether near or far


I bind unto myself today

The hope to rise from the dust of earth

The songs of nature giving praise

To Father, Spirit, Living Word


  1. Sr. Christine

    I’ve really come to enjoy this song in recent weeks. I’ve been playing either this cd or the Symphony Sessions on the way home from a night class, and, well, having just celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, this had been on my mind anyway. 🙂 Intrigued by the irregular rhythms, and just love the tune! (…and I have to say, the range of this whole album is just easier for me to sing along with. 😉 ) A blessed Holy Week, and powerful Resurrection to you all!!


  2. Lori Miner

    Hey Steve!!!
    Thank you so much for playing this song last week, on Huntley St.!!! Love it!!! Talk soon!!!

  3. marilynn Jones

    i love this song, this ‘devotion’. It’s a great way to start the day, singing it, to bind all the positives to yourself like armor, to face the day ahead. (-: thank you Steve for putting this in our ‘arsenal’!

  4. Dennis

    Also,this general prayer was covered by the rock band Iona on their album,”Journey into the Mourn”. I do like the way these verses are arranged here.

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