Lorica of St. Patrick
Words © 1969 James Quinn, SJ. Publ. by OCP. Music © 2014 GIA.
Item #: G-8412
Unison with descant, Assembly
St. Patrick's Breastplate, 8th c.
Lorica means “armor” or “breastplate”; in the Irish monastic tradition, it also refers to a prayer that calls for God’s protection. The time signature alternates each measure between 3/8 and 4/4, but the entrancing melody feels natural. The tune has a range just short of an octave, but the descant allows singers comfortable with high F-sharps and Es to add harmonic and rhythmic interest.
Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, Graduation
Blessing, Jesus Christ, Refuge, Wedding
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