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Lorica of St. Patrick

Ephrem Feeley

Text Adapted: James Quinn

Words © 1969 James Quinn, SJ. Publ. by OCP. Music © 2014 GIA.

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Vocal Forces: Unison with descant, Assembly

Accompaniment: Piano

Text Source: St. Patrick's Breastplate, 8th c.

Series: Simple Gifts

Difficulty Level: E/M


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.

Categories: Choral/Vocal

Rites: Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, Graduation

Topical: Blessing, Jesus Christ, Refuge, Wedding

Number of Pages: 4

Language: English

Format: Octavo

Suitable for Children: Yes