An Evening Prayer

O God our Father,
by your mercy and might
the world turns safely into darkness
and returns again to light:
We give into your hands our unfinished tasks,
our unsolved problems,
and our unfulfilled hopes,
knowing that only that what you bless will prosper.

To your great love and protection
we commit each other and all those we love,
knowing that you alone are our sure defender;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

Source: The Church of South India, Book of Common Worship

Source of this version: Modified from http://presidentialprayerteam.com/featured-store-item-2/

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and also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

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A Prayer to Follow Christ’s Will

Grant me your grace, most merciful Jesus, that your grace may be with me, work in me, and continue with me to the end.

Grant me always to want and desire whatever is most acceptable to you and pleases you best.

Let your will be mine, and let my will always follow yours and agree perfectly with it.

Let there be between you and me but one will, so that I may love what you love and abhor what you hate. Grant that I may die to all things that are in the world and, for your sake, love to be despised, and not to be known by the world. Grant that I may rest in you above all other things, and that my heart may be at peace in you.

You are the true peace of the heart. You are its only rest. Outside of you, all things are hard and uneasy.

In this peace, the same peace that is in you, the one sovereign eternal Good, I will sleep, and I will rest. Amen.

Source: Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, Book 3

Source of this version: Modified from http://catholictradition.org/war-time4.htm

Also found in The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

The last paragraph may be a reference or quote of Psalm 4:8.

Prayer to the Christchild

O good Jesus,
the Word of the Father,
brightness of the Father’s glory,
whom angels desire to behold;
teach me to do your will,
that guided by your good Spirit,
I may come to that blessed city
where there is everlasting day
where all are of one spirit;
where there is certain security
and secure eternity
and eternal tranquility
and quiet felicity
and happy sweetness
and sweet pleasantness;
where you,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit
live and reign,
now and forever.

Source: St. Gregory, d. 638

Source of this version: Modified from  http://catholictradition.org/Christmas/christ-child13.htm

Also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

God Be in My Head

6069369723_ee697728eb_z_dGod be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in my 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 my end, and at my departing.

Source: Attributed to Old Sarum Primer, also attributed to Pynson’s Horae, 1514

Source of this version:  http://www.hymnary.org/text/god_be_in_my_head_and_in_my_under

Also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

Graphic: Page from an English Psalter, from Flickr, Walters Art Museum, Public Domain.

In You Alone do I Have All

God, of your goodness, give me yourself,
for you are sufficient for me.
I cannot properly ask anything less,
to be worthy of you.
If I were to ask anything less
I should always be in want,
for in you alone do I have all.

Source: Julian of Norwich, d. 1443

Source of this version: Modified from  http://www.beliefnet.com/prayers/christian/comfort/i-have-all-in-god.aspx#miyhOGfJa0pdHywi.99

Also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

Late Have I Loved You

220px-sandro_botticelli_050Late have I loved you,
Beauty so ancient and so new,
late have I loved you!

Lo, you were within,
but I outside, seeking there for you,
and upon the shapely things you have made
I rushed headlong,
I, misshapen.
You were with me but I was not with you.
They held me back far from you,
those things which would have no being
were they not in you.

You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;
you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;
you lavished your fragrance,
I gasped, and now I pant for you;
I tasted you, and I hunger and thirst;
you touched me, and I burned for your peace.

Source: St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430, Confessions, X, 27

Source of this version: http://www.deeper-devotion.net/augustine-confessions.html

Also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

“Now I pant for you” may be a reference to Psalm 42:1

“I tasted you” may be a reference to Psalm 34:8

Graphic by Sandro Botticeli from Wikipedia.com.

Praise and Glory to the Trinity

Praise and glory be to the omnipotence of the eternal Father, who in his Providence created the world out of nothing.

Praise and glory be to the wisdom of his only-begotten Son, who redeemed the world with his blood.

Praise and glory be to the loving kindness of the Holy Spirit, who enlightened the world in faith.

Praise and glory be to the holy and undivided Trinity, who formed us without our deserving it in their image.

We give praise and glory to you, most blessed Trinity, for the blessing of our creation, by which you granted us bodies and souls, you adorned us with your image and likeness, and added us to your Christian flock, making us sound and whole in our sense and in our members, above all the creatures who are beneath the heavens, and gave us your holy angels as our guides and ministers.  For all this be pleased that we may praise you, world without end.

Source: Latin, 11th century

Source of this version: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

Also found here: https://prayers4reparation.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/a-medieval-prayer-of-thanks-and-praise-to-the-holy-trinity/