Night Prayers

A Sampling of Night Prayers
from The Book of Common Prayer:

For Freedom from Worry:

O Lord, who hast pity for all our weakness:
Put away from us worry and every anxious fear,
that, having ended the labours of the day as in thy sight,
and committing our tasks, ourselves, and all we love into thy keeping,
we may, now that night cometh,
receive as from thee thy priceless gift of sleep;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(from Forms of Prayer to be Used in Families, for Evening)

Two Collects for Protection

Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, this place,
and drive from it all the snares of the enemy;
let thy holy angels dwell herein to preserve us in peace;
and may thy blessing be upon us evermore;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord;
and by thy great mercy defend us
from all perils and dangers of this night;
for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

(from An Order for Compline)

Two Night Prayers

Look down, O Lord, from thy heavenly throne,
illuminate the darkness of this night
with thy celestial brightness,
and from the sons of light banish the deeds of darkness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Be present, O merciful God,
and protect us through the silent hours of this night,
so that we who are wearied
by the changes and chances of this fleeting world,
may repose upon thy eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(from An Order for Compline)

A Prayer for Eventide

O Lord,
support us all the day long of this troublous life,
until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed,
the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in thy mercy,
grant us safe lodging,
a holy rest,
and peace at the last;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(from Prayers & Thanksgivings, and Forms of Prayer to be used at Sea)

The entire Book of Common Prayer is available online here.

“Discovering the Book of Common Prayer” book by Sue Careless


Night Prayers
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