Around The Fire
May the Sacred Three
Oh! This eve,
And every night,
Each single night.
Traditional Celtic blessing used to celebrate the start of the Celtic New Year (Samhain - November 1st)
An Evening Prayer
When I see the moon in the night sky
I speak my evening prayer:
Praise be to the Being of Life,
For His kindness and His goodness.
The Wings of Sleep
O Lord our God, King of the Universe.
Let the wings of sleep fall upon my eyes,
and upon my eyelids.
O Blessed One,
Let me lie down in peace,
and rise in peace.
Into Your hand I entrust my spirit.
(Adapted from a Jewish prayer)
Catholic night prayer
Eternal Father, I desire to rest in Your Heart this night. I make the intention of offering to You every beat of my heart, joining to them as many acts of love and desire. I pray that even while I am asleep I will bring back to You souls that offend You. I ask forgiveness for the whole world, especially for those who know You and yet sin. I offer to You my every breath and heartbeat as an act of reparation.
Scripture for Meditation
Here is a suitable bible passage to meditated on before going to sleep. It speaks of God's everlasting love and protection. Once read, try closing your eyes and filling your mind with these thoughts:-
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
(Psalm 91:1-7, NIV)
(this page explores this scripture in greater depth)
Martin Luther's Evening Prayer
I thank Thee, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son,
that Thou hast kept me this night from all harm and danger;
and I pray Thee to keep me this day also from sin and all evil,
that all my doings and life may please Thee.
For into Thy hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things.
Let Thy holy angel be with me,
that the Wicked Foe may have no power over me.
Source: "The Small Catechism" by Martin Luther (1483-1546)
A Collect for Protection
O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful,
the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead:
We thank you for the blessings of the day that is past,
and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night.
Bring us in safety to the morning hours;
through him who died and rose again for us,
your Son our Savior Jesus Christ.
A Collect for the Presence of Christ
Lord Jesus, stay with us,
for evening is at hand and the day is past;
be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts,
and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in
Scripture and the breaking of bread.
Grant this for the sake of your love.
Source: " Daily Evening Prayer: Rite Two", Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America
(Ancient Christian Prayer)
Watch thou, dear Lord,
with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight,
and give thine angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend thy sick ones, Lord Christ.
Rest thy weary ones.
Bless thy dying ones.
Soothe thy suffering ones.
Pity thine afflicted ones.
Shield thy joyous ones.
And all, for thy love's sake.
Saint Augustine of Hippo
(4th Century, North Africa)