St. Columban's Mission - Your Anglican/Episcopal Community for Karlsruhe and Mid-Baden

Prayers

It is appropriate to make, at least once a day, intercessions for all those who are in any way connected with our life, family, friends, people who are over us, with us or under us at work;
the Church, universal and local, and its leaders;
our country and our local community, and all who bear responsibility for its common life;
all whom we know to need God's guidance, help and protection in a special way:
the little children,
those who have special reason to consider their future and make decisions,
the sick and the suffering,
the old and frail,
the dying.

Each prayer may be opened by signing oneself with the sign of the cross and saying:

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

In the morning:

Lord God and Father:
I thank you for your gentle protection through the dark hours of the last night.
I thank you for refreshing sleep and for the absence of terrifying dreams (if applying).
I thank you for this new morning, and for my eyes to behold it.
I thank you for this new day which you will add to my life; let me dedicate it to your service.
Be my companion through this day.
I commend to you all things that are to be accomplished;
I commend to you all people whom I shall meet; I commend to you all whom I love (names).
Guide me through this day that I may praise you in the evening.
In Jesus' name I pray.

At noon:

Lord God and Father:
I thank you that I am, a human being, conscious of my self and of you, and able to rejoice in your good creation.
I thank you that you have brought me safely to the height of this day.
I thank you for all things I could, with your help, accomplish or at least begin.
Be my guide and my guard through the rest of this day that I may look back on it in the evening without remorse or regret.
In Jesus' name I pray.

In the evening:

Lord God and Father:
I thank you that you have brought me safely to the close of this day.
I thank you for all your guidance and protection.
I thank you for what I could accomplish or at least begin, even if it is not much.
I ask your forgiveness for anything that was done amiss.
Grant me a time of rest and rethinking before sleep.
Grant me sleep and refreshment through the hours of the night which you have ordered therefor,
and awake me from sleep tomorrow, grateful for your protection and joyful to serve you.
In Jesus' name I pray.

Each prayer may be concluded by once more signing oneself with the sign of the cross and saying:

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

A Latin hymn before sleep:

Salve Regina, mater misericordiae;
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules filiae Evae;
Ad to suspiramus, gementes and flentes in hac lacrimarum valle;
eia, ergo, advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte,
et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tuae,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

Those who wish to enrich their practice of prayer will find useful resources on the internet, especially on the following sites:

Celebrating Common Prayer, the prayer book published by the (Anglican) Society of Saint Francis, is a most valuable prayer resource, and worth buying on paper at ChurchHouse Bookshop, London, or any other good religious bookshop.