Evening Prayer

EVENING PRAYER

The Family being together, a little before bedtime, let the Father or Mother, or any other who may be appointed, say as follows, all kneeling, and repeating with him the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Confession of Sins, with a Prayer for Contrition and Pardon.

Most merciful God, who are of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, and who has promised forgiveness to all those who confess and forsake their sins; we come before you in a humble sense of our own unworthiness, acknowledging our manifold transgressions of your righteous laws. But, O gracious Father, who desires not the death of a sinner, look upon us, we ask you, in mercy, and forgive us all our transgressions. Make us deeply sensible of the great evil of them; and work in us heart-felt contrition; that we may obtain forgiveness at your hands, since you are always ready to receive humble and penitent sinners; for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, our only Savior and Redeemer. Amen.

Prayer for Grace to reform and grow Better.

And lest, through our own frailty, or the temptations which encompass us, we be drawn again into sin, we ask you to keep us safe under the hand and help of your Holy Spirit. Reform whatever is amiss in the attitude and disposition of our souls; that no unclean thoughts, unlawful designs, or inordinate desires, may rest there. Purge our hearts from envy, hatred, and malice; that we may never allow the sun to go down upon our anger; but may always go to our rest in peace, love, and good-will, with a conscience void of offence towards you and towards our fellow man; that so we may be kept pure and blameless, unto the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Intercession.

And accept, O Lord, our intercessions for all mankind. Let the light of your Gospel shine upon all nations; and may as many as have received it, live as becomes it. Be gracious unto your Church; and grant that every member of the same, in their calling and ministry, may serve you faithfully. Bless all in authority over us; and so rule their hearts and strengthen their hands, that they may punish wickedness and vice, and maintain your true religion and virtue. Send down your blessings, temporal and spiritual, upon all our relatives, friends, and neighbors. Reward all who have done us good, and pardon all those who have done or wish us evil, and give them repentance and better minds. Be merciful to all who are in any trouble; and, God of mercy and pity, aid and help to them according to their various necessities; for his sake who went about doing good, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Thanksgiving.

To our prayers, O Lord, we add our sincere gratitude for all your mercies; for our being, our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and clothing, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore your mercy in sending your only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty towards you. We bless you for you patience with us, even though we provoke you by our many faults and failures; for all the guidance, help, and comforts of your Holy Spirit; for your continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day. We ask you to continue providing these blessings to us, and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to your word, through whose grace and intercession we received them all, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer for God’s Protection through the Night following.

O Lord, we ask you in particular to continue your gracious protection to us this night. Defend us from all dangers and mischiefs, and from the fear of them; that we may enjoy such refreshing sleep as may fit us for the duties of the coming day. And grant us grace always to live in such a state that we may never be afraid to die; so that, living and dying, we may be yours, through the merits and satisfaction of your Son Christ Jesus, in whose Name we offer up our prayers. Amen.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Source: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/1928/Family_Prayer.htm
Adapted by JMT for MC

 

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