Sunday, 22 March 2020

An order for Evening Prayer

 An order for Evening Prayer

Jesus said
‘Come unto me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls – for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’

I am here in the name of Jesus Christ
A safe place to be.

The Lord is my light and my help
Whom then shall I fear?

The Lord is the strength of my life
Of whom then shall I be afraid?

Thou shalt keep them in perfect peace 
whose minds are stayed on thee.

My prayer rises in peace like the smoke of incense 
unto the presence of divine love.
as the earth keeps turning, turning through space,
and night falls and day breaks from land to land,
I think of people waking, sleeping, sleepless,
being born and dying, one world, one humanity:
and I bless this round world with God’s peace. 

Watch now, dear Lord, 
with those who watch or weep tonight,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep. 
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ, 
rest your weary ones,
 bless your dying ones, 
soothe your suffering ones, 
have mercy on your afflicted ones, 
shield your joyous ones
 – and all for your love’s sake.

O Trinity of love
You have been with us at the world’s beginning
Be with us till the world’s end
You have been with us at our life’s shaping
Be with us at our life’s end
You have been with us at the sun’s rising
Be with us at the day’s end.                         (from Iona Wild Goose Worship)

God be in my head and in my understanding
God be in mine eyes and in my looking
God be in my mouth and in my speaking
God be in my heart and in my thinking
God be at mine end, and at my departing.


greta said...

lovely. and eagerly awaiting night prayer for when i wake in the middle of the night. here's a prayer from the cistercian office of vigils:

lord our god, in the night when no one can find the way, you spread out the stars and they shine out joyfully. may your word also be a lamp for us in the darkness, until dawn begins to break and the morning star rises in our hearts.

Pen Wilcock said...

Oh, my! That is so beautiful! Thank you. x

Anonymous said...

I love these orders of prayer. A way to maintain order and reflection in these times. Please post more when you are able.

Pen Wilcock said...


I'm so glad you are finding them helpful.

I will be putting up and Order for Night Prayer today.

May you be peaceful, may you be blessed.