A Form of Night Prayer

A Form of Night Prayer

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

 

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

 

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

All  Most merciful God,

      we confess to you,

      before the whole company of heaven and one another,

      that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

      and in what we have failed to do.

      Forgive us our sins,

      heal us by your Spirit

      and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

 

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

       and to the Holy Spirit;

       as it was in the beginning is now

       and shall be for ever. Amen.

       Alleluia.

 

The following or another suitable hymn may be sung

Before the ending of the day,

Creator of the world, we pray

That you, with steadfast love, would keep

Your watch around us while we sleep.

 

From evil dreams defend our sight,

From fears and terrors of the night;

Tread underfoot our deadly foe

That we no sinful thought may know.

 

O Father, that we ask be done

Through Jesus Christ, your only Son;

And Holy Spirit, by whose breath

Our souls are raised to life from death.

 

The Word of God

Psalm 134

1    Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,

      you that by night stand in the house of the Lord.

2    Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary

      and bless the Lord.

3    The Lord who made heaven and earth

      give you blessing out of Zion.

At the end of the psalmody, the following is said or sung

 

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Scripture Reading


One of the following short lessons or another suitable passage is read

You, O Lord, are in the midst of us and we are called by your name; leave us not, O Lord our God.

Jeremiah 14.9

(or)

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, seeking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in the faith.

1 Peter 5.8, 9

(or)

The servants of the Lamb shall see the face of God, whose name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night: they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 22.4, 5

 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

 

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

All  Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

 

Prayers

pray for your family, friends, Parish and the World

 

The Collect

Silence may be kept.

 

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,

and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;

may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace,

and may your blessing be always upon us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All  Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

 

The Conclusion

 

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

 

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

 

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

The Lord bless us and watch over us;

the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;

the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.

All  Amen.

 

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