Tuesday, March 6, 2012

An American Prayer Book (2009): Prayer at the End of the Day


All standing, the leader says

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

The leader may call the people to confession with these or other suitable words

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Let us humbly confess our sins to almighty God.

A period of silent self-examination may follow.

The leader and the people say this Confession

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, and in what we have failed to do. Have mercy on us, forgive us all that is past, and grant that we may serve you and live a new life to your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

The priest, when present, pronounces the absolution

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant to you pardon and forgiveness of your sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

If no priest is present the absolution is omitted and the following prayer may be said:

Merciful Lord, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Or this Word of Assurance may be said

If anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the perfect offering for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:1,2

Or a short period of silence may be kept.

The leader says

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

All say

Glory be 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.

In Eastertide

Alleluia! Alleluia!

One or more Psalms may be said or sung. Suitable Psalms are Sunday, 91; Monday, 86; Tuesday, 143:1-11; Wednesday, 31:1-6 and 130; Thursday, 16; Friday 88; and Saturday, 4 and 134.

A reading from the Bible is read. Suitable readings are Sunday, Revelation 22.4-5; Monday, Thessalonians 5:9-10; Tuesday, 1 Peter 5:8-9; Wednesday, Ephesians 4:26-27; Thursday, 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Friday, Jeremiah 14:9; and Saturday, Deuteronomy 6:4-7.

An address may follow.


Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
You have redeemed us, Lord, God of truth.

A hymn may be sung.

Keep me as an apple of an eye
Hide me under the shadow of your wing.

Save us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that while we are awake we may watch with Christ, and when we sleep may rest in peace.

The Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32)

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace,*
You 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 nation*
And the glory of your people Israel.

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.

Save us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that while we are awake we may watch with Christ, and when we sleep we may rest in peace.

The Apostles’ Creed may be said or sung.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. AMEN.

The Prayers follow. The leader first says

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

All kneel, and the leader continues

Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

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 forever. AMEN.


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, forever and ever. AMEN.

Lord, have mercy upon us;
And grant us your salvation.

Lord, keep us this night without sin.
Lord have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

Lord, hear our prayer;
And let our cry to come to you.

Open prayer may be offered and silence is kept.

Let us pray.

One or more the following collects is said.

Lighten our darkness, Lord, we pray: and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for love of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. AMEN.

Watch now, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord; give rest to your weary ones, bless your dying ones, soothe your suffering ones, pity your afflicted ones, shield your joyous ones; and all for your love’s sake. AMEN.

Be present, merciful God and protect us through the hours of this night, that we, who wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may rest on your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

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

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who at this evening hour rested in the sepulchre, and sanctified the grave to be a bed of hope to your people: make us so to abound in sorrow for our sins, which were the cause of your passion, that when our bodies lie in dust we may live with you, through the saving merits of your cross; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN.

Visit, we pray, O Lord, this place (or, our homes), and drive away all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to guard us in peace; and may your blessing be always upon us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Lord God almighty, come and dispel the darkness from our hearts, that in the radiance of your brightness we may know you, the only unfading light, glorious in all eternity. AMEN.

We will lie down and take our rest
For it is in you, Lord, only, that we dwell in safety.

Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Let us praise him and magnify him for ever.

The almighty and most merciful God guard us and give us his blessing. AMEN.

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