Charles Villiers Stanford's Gifts by Ken Myers

From Heavenly Harmony

Charles Villiers Stanford's Gifts

by Ken Myers

If you are fortunate enough to attend a church that still sings from a hymnal—an increasingly rare circumstance—you may have had the pleasure of singing the ancient text that begins, "I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity." And if you've been paying attention, you know that the text of this triumphant hymn is attributed to St. Patrick.

According to an eleventh-century manuscript, St. Patrick composed the text as "a lorica [a prayer of protection; . . .