Night Prayer

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

Amen.

 

Our help is in the name of the Lord

who made heaven and earth.

 

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.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

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.

 

Psalm 30

You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead.

I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have raised me up ♦
and have not let my foes triumph over me.

O Lord my God, I cried out to you ♦
and you have healed me.

You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead; ♦
you restored me to life from among those that go down to the Pit.

Sing to the Lord, you servants of his; ♦
give thanks to his holy name.

For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, his favour for a lifetime. ♦
Heaviness may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. 

You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead.

In my prosperity I said, ‘I shall never be moved. ♦
You, Lord, of your goodness, have made my hill so strong.’

Then you hid your face from me ♦
and I was utterly dismayed.

To you, O Lord, I cried; ♦
to the Lord I made my supplication:

‘What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? ♦
Will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?

‘Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; ♦
O Lord, be my helper.’ 

You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead.

You have turned my mourning into dancing; ♦
you have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness;

Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; ♦
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead.

 

Lord, you hide your face
when we trust in ourselves;
strip us of false security
and re-clothe us in your praise,
that we may know you
as the one who raises us from death,
as you raised your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Scripture Reading

 

Lamentations 3.19-20


The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
   is wormwood and gall!
My soul continually thinks of it
   and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind,
   and therefore I have hope:


The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
   his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
   great is your faithfulness.
‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,
   ‘therefore I will hope in him.’

 

The following responsory is said

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

Christ committed no sin, no guile was found on his lips.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
By your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

By his wounds you have been healed.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

 

The Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon) is said

 

Christ died for us,

so that, whether we wake or sleep,

we might live with him.

 

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: ♦

your word has been fulfilled.

 

My own eyes have seen the salvation ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

 

A light to reveal you to the nations ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.

 

Luke 2.29-32

 

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.

 

Christ died for us,

so that, whether we wake or sleep,

we might live with him.

 

Prayers

O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up;

you discern my thoughts from afar. You mark out my journeys and my resting place and are acquainted with all my ways.

Amen.

From Psalm 139:1-2

 

Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve;

to give and not to count the cost;

to fight and not to heed the wounds;

to toil and not to seek for rest;

to labour and not to seek for any reward,

save that of knowing that we do your will.

Amen.

Ignatius of Loyola (1556)

 

Holy God,
who created us for and from love,
in this time of social distancing
hold us close in your arms.
Comfort those who are afraid,
enliven those who are bored,
give courage to those who are distressed,
and warm those who feel the cold touch of loneliness.
Breathe in, with and through us
as we walk through uncertainty into a new future
knowing that you are with us now and await us there.
In the name of Christ the Beloved we pray.
Amen.

A Prayer from St Marks Chapel

For the triumph of God’s righteousness
And the coming of His Kingdom

For the doing of His will by all His children

For the Queen, Her Government, those caring for the elderly and for the sick and dying,
For the emergency services and all those putting
themselves at risk to keep others safe.

For our neighbours who are looking out for us, that
we may show our gratitude and return the favour where possible.

For all those self isolating who are alone, lonely, discouraged or afraid.

Of your charity pray for the repose of the souls of those
who have died

Of your gratitude thank God for his many blessings especially
for our creation and redemption and for the hope that is in us
For the spring that brings colour and life and joy in this dark time

And ask for God’s blessing on your family, your friends and yourself and
Pray that He will be with you and with all who suffer.

Amen

 

The Collect

Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son
out of love for the world:
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,
that we may know eternal peace
through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

The Lord’s Prayer is said.

 

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

 

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,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

 

The Conclusion

 

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

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

 

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

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

 

As the night watch looks for the morning,

so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

Deep peace of the running wave to you.

Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.

 

 


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