|The Book of Common Prayer|
IN THE MORNING
Into thy hands, O God, I commend myself
this day. Let thy presence be with me even to its close, that at night
I may again give thanks unto thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord, support us all the day long,
until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world
is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then
in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the
ON ENTERING CHURCH
O Lord, I am in thy holy House. Help
me to keep my thoughts on thee, that I may hear thee speaking in my heart,
through Jesus Christ. Amen.
AT EARLY EUCHARIST
As watchmen look for the morning, so do we look for thee, O Christ. Come with the dawning day, and make thyself known to us in the breaking of Bread, for thou art our God for ever and ever. Amen.
BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION
Incline our hearts, O God, that by the grace of thy Holy Spirit we may worthily approach these sacred mysteries and offer ourselves to thee in answering love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
AFTER CHURCH SERVICE
Sanctify, O Lord, both our coming in and our going forth; and grant that when we leave thy House we may not leave thy Presence, but be thou ever near unto us and keep us near unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
AN ACT OF ADORATION
Worthy art thou, O God, to receive the honour and the power; for thou didst create all things, and because of thy will they are and were created.
Glory be to thee, O God.
Glory to thee, O Christ, who didst redeem with thy love men of every kindred and tongue and people and nation.
Glory be to thee, O Christ.
Glory to thee, O Holy Spirit, for thy work in the Church, which will not cease until thou hast made of all mankind one family, to the praise and glory of God.
Glory be to thee, O Holy Spirit.
FOR GOD'S HELP
Grant us, O Lord, in all our duties
thy help, in all our perplexities thy counsel, in all our dangers thy
protection, and in all our sorrows thy peace; for the sake of Jesus Christ
our Saviour. Amen.
FOR GOD'S PROTECTION
O Almighty and most merciful God,
of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that
may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully
accomplish those things which thou commandest; through Jesus Christ our
FOR AID AGAINST PERILS
Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee,
O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers
of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
FOR GOD'S MERCY
O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
O God, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee; Mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR CHRISTIAN GLADNESS
O God, Author of the world's joy, Bearer of the world's pain; At the heart of all our trouble and sorrow let unconquerable gladness dwell; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
FOR THE COMPANIONSHIP OF CHRIST
O blessed Christ, who didst draw near to thy disciples as they walked together by the way and were sad; So draw near to us as we journey along our daily way. Open to us the meaning of life, and reveal thyself as our strength and our companion; as thou art our Lord and Saviour evermore. Amen.
FOR VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION
Grant us, O Lord, to pass this day in gladness and peace, without stumbling and without stain; that, reaching the eventide victorious over all temptation, we may praise thee, the eternal God, who art blessed, and dost govern all things, world without end. Amen.
FOR CONTROL OF SPEECH
O God, who knowest how often we sin against thee with our tongues; keep us free from all untrue, unkind, irreverent or unclean words; consecrate our speech to thy service; and keep us often silent, that our hearts may speak to thee and may listen for thy voice; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THOSE WE LOVE
Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come; knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR LOYALTY TO OUR HOMES
Grant, O Lord, to those in the service of their country who have left wives and children at home, a stedfast loyalty through all the days of separation, that returning at length to their beloved they may know the joy of unbroken fidelity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee
as thou deservest; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not
to heed the wounds: to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not
to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, grant us thy gift of loyalty. For our homes, give us love and obedience; for our country, sacrifice and service; for our Church, reverence and devotion; and in everything make us true to thee; through thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
O Thou, who art heroic love: Keep alive in our hearts that adventurous spirit which makes men scorn the way of safety, so that thy will be done. For so only, O Lord, shall we be worthy of those courageous souls who in every age have ventured all in obedience to thy call; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, Who rulest the world from everlasting to everlasting: Speak to our hearts when courage fails, and we faint for fear; when our love grows cold, and there is distress of nations upon the earth. Keep us resolute and stedfast in the things that cannot be shaken, abounding in hope and knowing that our labor is not in vain in thee. Deepen our faith in thine eternal purpose; renew in us that love which never fails; and make us to lift up our eyes to behold, beyond the things which are seen and temporal, the things which are unseen and eternal. We ask all in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR GRACE TO FORGIVE
Merciful God, in whose dear Son we have redemption, even the forgiveness of sins; give us such strong belief in this the only power that can abolish evil that we shall be enabled to forgive our enemies; and grant us grace not only to forgive but to accept forgiveness through Christ, the crucified. Amen.
FOR A DAY OF BATTLE
Heavenly Father, on a day of battle I commit myself body and soul to thy keeping. When I am in peril of life give me courage to do my duty. When I am tempted to sin give me strength to resist. If I am sick or wounded grant me healing. If I fall, of thy mercy receive me to thyself, forgiving me all my sins. Bless all who are near and dear to me and keep them in thy fatherly care. And in thy good providence, out of this evil bring a lasting peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE NATION
O eternal God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR ALL IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY
O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest
nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home
or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country,
that they, being armed with thy defense, may be preserved evermore in
all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may
do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR OUR ARMED FORCES
Heavenly Father, we commend to thy gracious care and keeping all the men and women in our Armed Forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with thy heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils that beset them; and help them to know that none can pluck out of thy hand those who put their trust in thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Eternal God, we commend to thy fatherly care all those who are enlisted ill the Armed Forces. In time of preparation grant that discipline and training may fit them worthily to serve our country, and in the day of strife guide and sustain them in upholding the cause of justice and freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR SERVICEMEN AND SERVICEWOMEN
Almighty Father, we commit to thy loving care all those servicemen and servicewomen upon whose faithfulness the welfare of our Armed Forces depends. In the fulfilment of their duties give them patience, loyalty, and courage; and grant that those who are sustained by their toil may remember them with gratitude; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE ARMY
O Lord God of Hosts, stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty arm to strengthen and protect the soldiers of our country. Support them in the day of battle, and in the times of rest and training keep them safe from all evil; endue them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE NAVY
O eternal Lord God, who alone spread est out the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea; Vouchsafe to take into thy almighty and most gracious protection our country's Navy, and all who serve therein. Preserve them from the dangers of the sea, and from the violence of the enemy; that they may be a safeguard unto the United States of America, and a security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants of our land may in peace and quietness serve thee our God, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE AIR FORCE
O Lord God of hosts, who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain; Watch over and protect, we pray thee, the airmen of our country as they fly upon their appointed tasks. Give them courage as they face the foe, and skill in the performance of their duty. Sustain them with thy Everlasting Arms. May thy hand lead them and thy right hand hold them up that they may return to the earth with a grateful sense of thy mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE MARINE CORPS
O Eternal Father, we commend to thy
protection and care the members of the Marine Corps. Guide and direct
them in the defense of our country and in the maintenance of justice
among nations. Protect them in the hour of danger. Grant that wherever
they serve they may be loyal to their high traditions and that at all
times they may put their trust in thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FOR THE COAST GUARD
O Lord, who of old didst still the raging of the sea, watch over, we beseech thee, the men of the Coast Guard as they sail upon their missions of helpfulness and succour. Grant them courage and skill and a safe return, and a grateful sense of thy mercy toward them; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE MERCHANT MARINE
Almighty God, who raiseth the wind and who makketh the storm a calm, we pray thee for thy blessing upon the seamen of the Merchant Marine, Grant that they that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters, may see thy works, O Lord, and thy wonders in the deep. Preserve them from all peril, both of body and of soul, both at sea and ashore; and give them a heart to praise thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR CHAPLAINS IN THE ARMED FORCES
Blessed Lord, who didst commission thy disciples to continue the work which the Father sent thee into the world to do, support, we beseech thee, with thy Holy Spirit, those who minister in the Armed Forces of our country. Give them grace that they may both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy sacraments. Strengthen them in their temptations and make them courageous in the perils of their calling, that they may glorify thee before all men; and do thou hold them ever in thy gracious keeping; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THOSE WHO MINISTER TO THE WOUNDED AND SICK
O merciful God, whose blessed Son went about doing good; Uphold with thy strength and grace those who do service to the wounded and the sick; grant to the ministers of thy gospel faithfulness and love, to the physicians and surgeons wisdom and skill, to the nurses sympathy and patience; and we beseech thee to protect and bless them in all dangers, anxieties, and labours; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND ALL IN CIVIL AUTHORITY
Almighty God, whose kingdom is everlasting and power infinite; Have mercy upon this whole land; and so rule the hearts of thy servants THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, The Governor of this State, and all others in authority, that they, knowing whose ministers they are, may above all things seek thy honour and glory: and that we and all the People, duly considering whose authority they hear, may faithfully and obediently honour them, according to thy blessed Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
FOR THOSE IN AUTHORITY
O Lord God Almighty, guide, we pray
thee, all those to whom thou hast committed the government of this nation,
and grant to them at this time special gifts of wisdom and understanding,
of counsel and strength; that upholding what is right, and following
what is true, they may obey thy holy will and fulfil thy divine purpose;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR JUSTICE AND FREEDOM
O God, the King of righteousness, lead us, we pray thee, in ways of justice and peace; inspire us to break down all tyranny and oppression, to gain for every man his due reward, and from every man his due service; that each may live for all and all may care for each, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
IN TIME OF WAR
O God, who seest that in this warfare we are seeking to serve thee, and yet in the waging of it must needs do many things that are an offence against thy love, because of the frailty of our nature. Accept we pray thee, our imperfect offering. Arm us with thy Spirit that our warfare may further the victory of thy justice and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR WORLD PEACE
Almighty God, from whom all thoughts
of truth and peace proceed; Kindle, we pray thee, in the hearts of all
men the true love of peace, and guide with thy strong and peaceful wisdom
those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquility
thy kingdom may go forward, till the earth shall be filled with the knowledge
of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR A WILL TO PEACE
Almighty God, by whose grace we look for the day when nation shall not any more lift up sword against nation, and when men shall live without fear in security and peace, grant to us in this time of strife the will to labor for peace even while our sword is drawn to resist the oppressor. Let not the evil we oppose turn us from our purpose to achieve unity and concord among the nations of the earth, to thy honor and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE UNITED NATIONS
Almighty God, we pray thee to guide
by thy Holy Spirit the Council and the Assembly of the United Nations.
Give to them a right judgment in all things, and the will to seek not
only the welfare of their own people, but the greater good of the security
and peace and unity of all mankind, that so thy Kingdom may be advanced
in the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE WOUNDED
O Lord, we pray thee to have mercy upon all who are this day wounded and suffering. Though kindred and friends be far away, let thy grace be their comfort. Raise them to health again, if it be thy good pleasure; but chiefly give them patience and faith in thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THOSE IN MENTAL DARKNESS
O Heavenly Father, we beseech thee to have mercy upon all thy children who are living in mental darkness. Restore them to strength of mind and cheerfulness of spirit, and give them health and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We beseech thee, O God, for all prisoners and captives, and all who suffer from oppression, that thou wilt manifest thy mercy toward them, and make the heart of man merciful as thine own, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE LONELY
Have compassion, O most merciful Lord, on all who are lonely and desolate. Be thou their Comforter and Friend; give them such earthly solace as thou seest to be best for them; and bring them to the fuller knowledge of thy love; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE PERSECUTED
O blessed Lord, who thyself didst undergo the pain and suffering of the Cross; Uphold, we beseech thee, with thy promised gift of strength all those of our brethren who are suffering for their faith in thee. Grant that in the midst of all persecutions they may hold fast by this faith, and that from their stedfastness thy Church may grow in grace and we ourselves in perseverance, to the honor of thy Name, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost art one God, world without end. Amen.
FOR THE DYING
Unto God's gracious mercy and protection we commit you. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace, both now and evermore. Amen.
FOR ONE DEPARTED
Almighty God, we remember this day
before thee thy faithful servant (N.), and we pray thee that, having
opened to him the gates of larger life, thou wilt receive him more and
more into thy joyful service; that he may win, with thee and thy servants
everywhere, the eternal victory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THOSE WHO MOURN
Almighty God, who didst offer thy only Son to be made perfect through suffering, and to win our salvation by enduring the cross; sustain with thy healing power all those whose loved ones have given their lives in the service of our country. Redeem, we pray thee, the pain of their bereavement, that knowing their loss to be the price of our freedom, they may remember the gratitude of the nation for which they gave so costly a sacrifice. And grant, O Lord, that these dead shall not have died in vain, and that out of the distress of this present age there may arise a new and better world in which thy will shall rule, to the honor of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
FOR OUR ENEMIES
O Saviour of the world, our Redeemer, whose love embraces all mankind, we hear thy prayer from the Cross: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Forgive, O Lord, those who have poured out the innocent blood and caused suffering in the world. May our prayers be for them a ministry of reconciliation. We ask it in thine own Name. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us
FOR THOSE AT HOME
Into thy hands, O Father, I commend this day (this night) my home, my family, and all who are dear to me. Bless them with the knowledge of thy continual presence, uphold them in all cares and trials, sustain them with thy power; and grant that, drawing nearer to thee and to each other, we may ever rejoice in the fellowship of those who trust in thy goodness and thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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