A Benediction

May our Lord Jesus Christ
be near us to defend us,
within us to refresh us,
around us to preserve us,
before us to guide us,
behind us to justify us,
above us to bless us,
who lives and reigns
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
God forevermore.

Source: Anonymous, tenth century

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts

Also found in  Prayers of the Ages, ed. Caroline Snowden Whitmarsh, 1868, p. 254

us” can be substituted with “you


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Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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