Guide Us in the Way of Peace

Prayer Book Bible Reading Book Of Common PrayerO God, King eternal,
you divide the day from the night
and turn the shadow of death into morning.
Drive away from us all wrong desires,
incline our hearts to keep your law,
and guide our feet into the way of peace,
so that after we have done your will with cheerfulness while it was day,
we may rejoice when night comes and give you thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: U. S. Book of Common Prayer 1928

Original in traditional language:

GOD, the King eternal, who dividest the day from the darkness, and turnest the shadow of death into the morning; Drive far off from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep thy law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that having done thy will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when the night cometh, rejoice to give thee thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Abide with Us

Abide with us, Lord,G_C_Dieffenbach
for it is toward evening and the day is far spent;
abide with us, and with your whole Church.
Abide with us in the evening of the day,
_______________ in the evening of life,
_______________ in the evening of the world.
Abide with us in your grace and mercy,
_______________ in holy Word and Sacrament,
_______________ in your comfort and your blessing.
Abide with us in the night of distress and fear,
_______________ in the night of doubt and temptation,
_______________ in the night of bitter death,
_______________ when these shall overtake us.
Abide with us and with all your faithful ones,
O Lord, in time and in eternity.

Source: Georg Christian Dieffenbach (1822-1901)

Part of this prayer is found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

A reflection on Luke 24:29

A version of this prayer is found in Lutheran Worship (LCMS 1982) as an alternative collect for Easter Eve.

Original in German:

Bleibe bei uns, Herr,
denn es will Abend werden,
und der Tag hat sich geneigt.
Bleibe bei uns und bei deiner ganzen Kirche.
Bleibe bei uns am Abend des Tages,
am Abend des Lebens, am Abend der Welt.
Bleibe bei uns mit deiner Gnade und Güte,
mit deinem heiligen Wort und Sakrament,
mit deinem Trost und Segen.
Bleibe bei uns,
wenn über uns kommt
die Nacht der Trübsal und Angst,
die Nacht des Zweifels und der Anfechtung,
die Nacht des bitteren Todes.
Bleibe bei uns und allen deinen Gläubigen
in Zeit und Ewigkeit.

Source of the original German prayer: Evangelische Haus-Agende by Georg Christian Dieffenbach, 1853

* Although this prayer is often attributed to The Lutheran Manual of Prayer in many prayer books and anthologies, I have never seen or found a book with that title. A search on and on Google Books yields several Lutheran prayer books, but none with that title.

For Friends

O Lord Jesus Christ,
for those I love,
be light for their eyes,
music to their ears,
and a full contentment for their hearts.
Be their sunshine by day,
their rest by night,
and their sustenance in every need.

Source: Freely modified from The Old World and the New, ed. L. H. M. Soulsby, p. 12

Pour Out the Light of Your Truth

We give you thanks, almighty God,
that you have delivered us from the darkness of the night
and now shine on us with the light of day.
Pour into our hearts
the pure and serene light of your truth,
that we may avoid the darkness of sin,
and always know and follow you,
the eternal light;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: From two Latin Collects

Source of this version: Freely modified from Collects and Prayers for use in Church,  United Lutheran Church in America, 1935, #321

Swedish Prayer at Evensong

We thank you, O Lord, heavenly Father,
for all the good things that we have this day received from you,
and more especially for your holy Word of salvation.
Bless, O God, with your Spirit
whatever has been sown in our hearts,
and grant that it may bear fruit for eternal life.
Keep your whole church under your gracious protection.
Grant that it may be built up in unity and strength
on Jesus Christ, its living foundation,
and deliver it from false doctrine and all other ill.
Protect and bless with your mighty hand our beloved king and all his house.
Prosper every good word and grant to all estates of men
to feel your help and blessing.
Bless the earth, that it may bring forth its fruit,
and give us after your great goodness whatever is needful to us temporally.
Remember, O God, all who are in sickness and distress,
and be their comfort and help.
Be with us every day and teach us rightly
to use our short and precious time of grace.
Preserve us in body and in soul through the coming night.
Into your hands we commend ourselves and all that we have.
Praised be your holy name.

Source: Freely modified from The Swedish Rite: a translation of “Handbok för svenska kyrkan” by Eric Esskildsen Yelverton, 1921, General Prayer at Evensong, p. 37-38

Into Your Hands We Commit Ourselves

Into your hands we commit ourselves,
blessed Lord,
this night and forever.
Sun of Righteousness,
keep us from utter darkness
and let us sleep in peace,
that we may always be ready
to arise and meet you
when you come again in glory;
with the Father and the Holy Spirit
you are one God, now and forever.

Source: Freely modified from Daily services for Christian Households, compiled and arranged by H. Stobart, 1867

Remind Us of Your Divine Works

God of mercy,
the day is now far spent,
and the night is approaching.
Remind us of your divine works,
that we may be able
to renounce the works of darkness;
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.

© 2016 Paul C. Stratman

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Original in Latin:

33. Ad intium noctis.

Evolutis nunc diei temporibus, nocturnis que spatiis supervenientibus, Dei misericordiam deprecemur, ut suppleti divinis sensibus tenebrarum operibus renuntiare possimus, Qui regnas &c