A Musician’s Prayer

Glorious God,
source of joy and righteousness,
enable us as redeemed and forgiven children
evermore to rejoice in singing your praises.
Grant that what we sing with our lips
we may believe in our hearts,
and what we believe in our hearts
we may practice in our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: John Hunter, d. 1917

Source of this version: http://danwebs.com/chorg/prayers.html

Also found in A Lutheran Prayer Book, ed. Doberstein, © 1960 Muehlenberg Press, Philadelphia

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Support Us All the Day Long

O Lord, support us all the day long
till the shadows lengthen
and the evening comes
and the busy world is hushed
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then in your mercy,
grant us a safe lodging
and a holy rest
and peace at the last.

Source: John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Source of this version: Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, © 1993 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisc. U.S.A.

Variant:

May he support us all the day long
till the shades lengthen
and the evening comes
and the busy world is hushed
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then in his mercy
may he give us a safe lodging
and a holy rest
and peace at the last.

Source of this version: http://stoswaldsoswestry.org.uk/prayer-room/morning-and-evening-prayers/

Keep Watch, Dear Lord

220px-sandro_botticelli_050Keep watch, dear Lord,
with those who wake,
or watch or weep this night,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend the sick,
give rest to the weary,
sustain the dying,
calm the suffering,
and pity the distressed;
all for your love’s sake,
O Christ our Redeemer. Amen

Source: Attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430

Source of this version: http://parishofcrawley.org/?page_id=54

Also found here: Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, © 1993 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisc. U.S.A.

Graphic by Sandro Botticeli from Wikipedia.com.

A Prayer for Protection

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,
and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;
may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Closing prayer for Compline (Church of England)

Source of this version: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/daily2/night/compline.aspx

Also found here: http://www.beliefnet.com/prayers/christian/protection/prayer-for-protection.aspx#WlCAQPoKyzFUKA0U.99

An Evening Prayer

Be present,
O merciful God,
and protect us
through the silent hours of his night,
so that we,
who are wearied by the changes
and chances of this fleeting world,
may rest upon your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Source: An Ancient Collect, sixth century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

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/

Also found here: https://sites.google.com/site/benkelnav/

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

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.