Clinton Marsh Benediction



Clinton Marsh was known for ending his worship services with different variations of this benediction.   Presbyterian Pastor, former General Assembly Moderator of the Presbyterian Church US; brother of former mayor of the city of Saginaw, Henry Marsh.   


“And now, I am supposed to say to you, “Go in peace.”  But how can I say, “Go in peace,” when you are going out into a world where you are insecure, whether at home or in your neighborhood street?


–Out into a world where race is set against race and ethnic cleansing is a name for genocide?


–Out into a world where people are hungry and homeless, while their governments squander billions of dollars on instruments of destruction that they dare not use?


–Out into a world were every night millions of mothers watch their children sink into a hungry slumber, only to awaken (if they awaken) to another hungry tomorrow?


With a world like that out there, how can I say to you, “Go in peace?”


But I dare say, “go in Peace”, because Jesus says, “I give you my peace.”


But – remember – he who says, “I give you my peace” also says, “If you would be my disciple and (thereby) I have my peace, take up your cross and follow me!”


So I dare to say, “go in peace!”  If you dare!




St. Patrick’s Benediction (St. Patrick’s Breastplate)
Bishop of Armagh (d. 461)

St. Patrick’s Benediction (St. Patrick’s Breastplate)

Bishop of Armagh (d. 461)


May the strength of God guide me this day,

and may his power preserve me.


May the wisdom of God instruct me;

the eye of God watch over me;

the ear of God hear me;

the word of God give sweetness to my speech;

the hand of God defend me;

and may I follow the way of God.


Christ be with me, Christ before me.

Christ be after me, Christ within me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me.


Christ at my right hand, Christ at my left,

Christ in the fort, Christ in the chariot,

Christ in the ship,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me.


Christ in every ear that hears me.