Bless, Preserve, and Keep Us

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
bless, preserve, and keep us.
The Lord mercifully with look on us with his favor,
and fill us with all spiritual benediction and grace,
that we may live godly, righteously, and soberly in this life,
and in the world to come we may have life everlasting.
Amen .

Source: The gospel of the kingdom, a vade-mecum of texts and prayers of intercession, ed. Hugh Croskery, 1877 and Short services for family worship: arranged chiefly from the Book of common prayer by J. Gibson, John Gibson, 1844

This blessing is based in part on Numbers 6:24ff.


May the Lord Direct Our Hearts

May the Lord direct our hearts,
this day and for ever,
in the love of God
and in the patient waiting for Christ.
The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Parts are from Sarum Rite (“The Lord bless us…”).

Source of this version: The gospel of the kingdom, a vade-mecum of texts and prayers of intercession, ed. Hugh Croskery, 1877

A Blessing

The blessing of the Lord rest and remain on all his people, in every land and of every tongue.
The Lord meet in mercy all who seek him.
The Lord comfort all who suffer and mourn.
The Lord hasten his coming, and give us and all his people peace by all means.

Source: Handley Carr Glyn Moule, d. 1920

A Blessing Based on Isaiah 9

May the wisdom of the Wonderful Counselor direct you,
the strength of the Mighty God protect you,
the love of the Everlasting Father embrace you,
the peace of the Prince of Peace surround you.

Source: Unknown, possibly Celtic.

This blessing is drawn from Isaiah 9:6

A New Testament Blessing (Revelation)

Grace to you and peace
from him who is and who was and who is to come,
and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,
and from Jesus Christ
the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead,
and the ruler of kings on earth.

Source: Revelation 1:4-5 (ESV)

A New Testament Blessing (1 Peter)

The God of all grace,
who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ,
will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
To him be the dominion forever and ever.

Source: 1 Peter 5:10-11 (ESV)