Aug 26, Prayer Before Sleep

Long, stressed out days call for a bit of chant.

If you’d like to pray Compline with me, do so here.

If you have the Christian Prayer breviary, it begins on page 1044.

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory 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.

Psalmody
Antiphon: Do not hide your face from me; in you I put my trust

Psalm 143:1-11

Lord, listen to my prayer:
turn your ear to my appeal.
You are faithful, you are just; give answer.
Do not call your servant to judgment
for no one is just in your sight.

The enemy pursues my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead, long forgotten.
Therefore my spirit fails;
my heart is numb within me.

I remember the days that are past:
I ponder all your works.
I muse on what your hand has wrought
and to you I stretch out my hands.
Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.

Lord, make haste and answer;
for my spirit fails within me.
Do not hide your face
lest I become like those in the grave.

In the morning let me know your love
for I put my trust in you.
Make me know the way I should walk:
to you I lift up my soul.

Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies;
I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will
for you, O Lord, are my God.
Let your good spirit guide me
in ways that are level and smooth.

For your name’s sake, Lord, save my life;
in your justice save my soul from distress.

Glory 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.

Antiphon: Do not hide your face from me; in you I put my trust

Reading: 1 Peter; 5:8-9a
Stay sober and alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. resist him, solid in your faith.

Responsory
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
- Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
You have redeemed us, Lord, God of faithfulness.
- Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
- Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

Antiphon:
Protect us Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep,
that awake we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.

Gospel Canticle:

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
your word has been fulfilled:
my own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:
a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

Antiphon:

Protect us Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep,
that awake we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.

Prayer:
Lord, fill this night with your radiance.
May we sleep in peace and rise with joy
to welcome the light of a new day in your name.

We ask this through Christ our Lord

(Silent Prayer)

Blessing:
May the all-powerful Lord grant us a restful night and a peaceful death – Amen.

Forgive the tired, dry throat and the buzzyness – it’s not as bad if you keep the volume low; I need a new mic. And a new computer. The budget won’t handle it just now, so, we’ll do the best we can!

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  • Piano Girl

    Thank you…it was beautiful (and I loved hearing you sing) and just what I needed before I hit the bed tonight.

  • http://irasciblechef.com irascibleChef

    Edited after the fact

    Thank you Elizabeth…
    And if I may pray for you

    Dear Lord,
    When I lie down to go to sleep, I go to sleep in peace, you alone keeps me perfectly safe.
    When Elizabeth lies down to go to sleep, let her sleep in peace, knowing you the Lord alone will keep her perfectly safe…

    Amen

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com/ Bender B. Rodriguez

    May the Servant of God Albino Luciani, elected Pope John Paul the First 30 years ago today (August 26), intercede and pray for us all.

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