A Morning Prayer

I arise in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, the crucified,
who has redeemed me with his precious blood.
May he guard me from evil,
preserve me in body and soul,
and give me what will further and strengthen me
in all good to everlasting life.

Source: Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914

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


A Prayer for Peace

antifonariodelec3b3n1O God, you are the author of peace.
Spread abroad your peace in our hearts and minds,
guard and protect us in all danger,
and lead us to always trust in your defense,
that we may serve you without fear
all the days of our life;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Source: from Mozarabic Morning Prayer from  Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Hale, New York, 1881, p. 58-59

Graphic: Mozarabic manuscript from the Cathedral of Leon, from Wikimedia Commons.

Evening Prayers

Two Evening Prayers from the Antiphonary of Bangor

In the evening

Let our evening prayers ascend to your ears, O divine Majesty, and let your blessing descend over us, O Lord, as we put our hope in you; for you live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

At the beginning of the night

O God, you shine your light on the deep darkness of night. Shine your light on our deep darkness, and guard our hearts in the way of your commandments, O Lord; for you live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Source: Antiphonary of Bangor, ninth century

Source of this version: Translated and reworked from the Latin text for A Collection of Prayers.

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31. Ad vespertinam.

Vespertina oratio nostra ascendat ad aures divinae majestatis tuae, et descendat benedic tio tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te, Qui regnas &c

32. Ad initium noctis.

Deus qui inextricabiles tenebras illuminas noctium, densitatem caliginis illustrans, corda nostra in opere mandatorum tuorum te oramus, Domine custodias, Qui regnas &c

Guard Us from the Deceits of the Devil

Be gracious to our prayers,
O merciful God,
and guard your people with loving protection.
May we who confess your only Son as God,
born in our human flesh,
never be corrupted by the deceits of the devil;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Ambrose

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Early Church,  ed.  J. Manning Potts,  The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)

Blessing from the Book of Cerne

bookcerneevangalistGod the Father bless me,
Christ guard me,
the Holy Spirit enlighten me,
all the days of my life!
The Lord be the defender and guardian
of my soul and my body, now and ever!  Amen.
The right hand of the Lord preserve me always to old age!
The grace of Christ perpetually defend me from the enemy!
Direct, Lord, my heart into the way of peace.
Hasten to save me, O God!
O Lord, come quickly to help me!

Source: The Book of Cerne

Source of this version: Modified from http://newscriptorium.com/assets/docs/collects-and-prayers/prmanual.htm

“Hasten…” is a reference to Psalm 70:1

Illustration from the Book of Cerne, Cambridge University Library, wikipedia.com


CelticCapital23The compassing of God and his right hand
be on my form and on my frame;
the compassing of the High King and the grace of the Trinity
be on me abiding ever eternally,
be on me abiding ever eternally.

May the compassing of the Three shield me in my means,
the compassing of the Three shield me this day,
the compassing of the Three shield me this night
from hate, from harm, from act, from ill,
from hate, from harm, from act, from ill.

Source: Unknown, Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. III, p. 103. English translation modified.

Graphic is from Carmina Gadelica, Hymns and Incantations…, Vol. III, p.102

Blessing from St. Patrick’s Breastplate

saint_patrick_28window29May the strength of God pilot us.
May the power of God preserve us.
May the wisdom of God instruct us.
May the hand of God protect us.
May the way of God direct us.
May the shield of God defend us.
May the host of God guard us
against the snares of evil
and the temptations of the world.

May Christ be with us.
Christ before us.
Christ in us.
Christ over us.
May your salvation, O Lord,
be always ours
this day and forever more.

Source: St. Patrick, from “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”

Source of this version: http://www.oursanctuary.net/breastplate.html

Graphic: Saint Patrick stained glass window from Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA, from Wikimedia Commons