In the Celtic tradition there is a way of praying called a caim - it's an encircling prayer. It is a prayer of trust, a prayer for protection, a prayer for ourselves and for people we are worried about.
The simplest way to pray is to extend your arm and with a finger,draw a circle around yourself. Within the circle, call to mind people who you want to hold in prayer and say simply: 'Keep peace within, keep harm without.'
Another way to pray (and the way we pray at our Celtic Evensong service) is to face the four corners of the compass:
Facing to the west, pray: ‘Circle us Lord, Keep love within, Keep hatred out’
Turn and facing to the north, pray: ‘Circle us Lord, Keep light within, Keep darkness out’
Turn to the east and pray: ‘Circle us Lord, Keep peace within, Keep worry out’
Turn to the south and pray: ‘Circle us Lord, Keep hope within, Keep doubt without’
And then facing west again, the prayer ends:
'May you be a bright flame before us,
May you be a guiding star above us,
May you be a smooth path below us,
And a loving Guide behind us,
Today, tonight, and forever.'
Peace to you on this Saint Patrick's Day,