Strength of Those Who Labor, and Rest for Your Saints

O Lord God,
Life of mortals,
Light of the faithful,
Strength of those who labor,
and the Rest for your saints,
give us a peaceful night
free of all trouble,
that after quiet sleep
we may enjoy your blessings
at the return of the light,
and be empowered by your Holy Spirit,
and moved to give you thanks.

Source:  Mozarabic, freely modified from  Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright p. 11#2.


Illumine Us with Your Brightness

candle-2038736_960_720Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne,
illumine the darkness of this night
with your celestial brightness,
and from your children of light
banish the deeds of darkness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Slightly modified from Compline, Roman Breviary, found here: 

We Keep Watch and Commend All to You

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Lord our God,
as we keep watch with you this night
we commend all people
and their lives to you.
We remember in particular all those who are working,
those who in their suffering cannot sleep,
those who use the night to do evil,
those who are afraid of the day about to dawn.
May they all come out into the light of your Day.
We ask you this, through Jesus, our Lord.


Source: A Cistercian Vigil Prayer, found at

Keep Us in Peace

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O Lord our God,
keep us in peace
during this night
and at all times.
Keep our hearts
and thoughts secure
in holy reverence for you,
so that we may be protected at all times
from the snares of the enemy.
And let us offer blessing and glory
to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
now and forever
and unto the ages of ages.

Source: Armenian Prayer

Original in Armenian:

Der Asdvadz mer, ays keesher yev amen aden khaghagh bahe mez. Mer mdadzoomne’ruh yev khorhoortneruh pevervadz bahe koo soorp yergyoogheet mech, vorbes zee meeshd kezmov bashdbanveenk tushnamee-een vorokaytneren. Yev kezee madootsanenk orhnootyoon yev park Hor yev Vortvo yev Hokvooyn Surpo, a’yzhum yev haveedya’nus haveedeneets. Amen.

The Splendor of Eternal Light

christ-898330_640.jpgMay the Lord + Jesus Christ,
who is the splendor of eternal Light,
remove from your hearts
the darkness of night. Amen.

May he drive far from you
the snares of the crafty enemy,
and always give you
his angel of light
to guard you. Amen.

That you may rise to your morning praises,
kept safe in him,
in whom is all
the fullness of your salvation.

Source: Attributed to Mozarabic Psalter, possibly 8th century.

Canticle: Great Indeed Is the Mystery of Godliness (A Song of Christ’s Appearing)

The canticle Great Indeed Is the Mystery of Godliness (A Song of Christ’s Appearing) was used in the Roman Liturgy of the Hours in Evening Prayer on Transfiguration.

Great indeed is the mystery of godliness:
He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Source: The Holy Bible: English Standard Version, 1 Timothy 3:16