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Prayer at Bed-time
Led by Fr. Michael Thorne Jarrett
|Officiant||Our help is in the Name of the Lord;|
|All||The maker of heaven and earth.|
|Officiant||Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.|
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
|Officiant||Almighty Father, who for your great love of your creation did give your dearly beloved Son to die for us; Grant that through his Cross † our sins may be put away, and remembered no more against us, and that, cleansed by his Blood, and mindful of his sufferings, we may take up our cross daily, and follow him in newness of life, until we come to his everlasting kingdom; through the Name of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.|
|Officiant||O God, make speed to save us.|
|All||O Lord, make haste to help us.|
|Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.|
The following Psalms are read
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High *
shall abide in the shadow of Shaddai.
He will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, *
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will deliver you *
from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge; *
his faithfulness is your shield and buckler.
You need not fear any terror of the night, *
nor the arrow that flies by day,
Nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, *
nor the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand, *
but it will not come near you.
You will only look on with your eyes *
and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the LORD your refuge— *
the Most High your habitation—
No evil shall be allowed to befall you, *
nor any plague come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you *
to guard you in all your ways.
In their hands they will bear you up, *
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and the adder; *
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
“Because he has loved me, therefore will I deliver him; *
I will protect him, because he knows my Name.
When he calls upon me, I will answer him; *
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him *
and show him my salvation.”
|Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be; world without end. Amen.|
A brief silence is kept.
The Lessons for Thursday
Through Jesus Christ we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
A brief silence should be kept between readings.
Jesus said, “O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I have made your Name known to them, and I will continue to make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
A brief silence is kept after the readings.
Please pause the service if you would like more time.
Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That with Thy wonted favor Thou
Wouldst be our Guard and Keeper now.
From all ill dreams defend our eyes,
From nightly fears and fantasies;
Tread under foot our ghostly foe,
That no pollution we may know.
O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, Thine only Son;
Who, with the Holy Ghost and Thee,
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.
|Officiant||Into your hands, O Lord, I commit my spirit;|
|All||For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.|
|Officiant||Keep me as the apple of your eye;|
|All||Hide me in the shadow of your wings.|
|Officiant||Lord, have mercy|
|All||Christ, have mercy|
|Lord, have mercy|
|All||Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
|Officiant||Lord, hear our prayer|
|All||And let our cry come to you.|
The Officiant prays one or more of the following:
O LORD, who has pity for all our weakness: Put away from us worry and every anxious fear, that, having ended the labors of the day, and committing our tasks, ourselves, and all we love into your keeping, we may, now that night is coming, receive from you your priceless gift of sleep; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of the night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen..
Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen..
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.
Silence is kept and free intercessions or petitions may be offered
Then the Officiant continues saying
Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.
The Song of Simeon
Lord, now let your servant depart in peace,*
according to your word.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,*
which you have prepared before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles,*
and to be the glory of your people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world
without end. Amen.
The Officiant concludes with
The Almighty and Merciful Lord grant us a quiet night, and at the last a perfect end; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon us and remain with us this night, and for evermore. Amen.