Prayers


The Church of England has a tradition of daily prayer. Morning Prayer commends and commits the coming day to God’s care. While Evening Prayer is a time to reflect on the events of the day. The daily offices, as they are called, provide a space in our busy and hectic lives to pause, to read the scriptures, to pray, and to listen to the voice of God.

Morning Prayer [Mattins] from the Book of Common Prayer
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Morning Prayer from Common Worship
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Evening Prayer [Evensong] from the Book of Common Prayer
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Evening Prayer from Common Worship
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“Daily Prayer provided by the official Church of England web site, © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, 2002-2004.”

In addition to the daily offices, here are a few prayers which may be of help to you.

A Morning Prayer
O Lord, our heavenly Father,
almighty and everlasting God,
who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day;
defend us in the same with thy mighty power;
and grant that this day we fall into no sin,
neither run into any kind of danger,
but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance,
to do always that is righteous in thy sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
T. Cranmer, Book of Common Prayer

Be still, and know that I am God.
Ps 46

An Evening Prayer
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.
Amen.

A Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Lord, make us instruments of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, let there be pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
for thy mercy and thy truth’s sake. Amen.

A Prayer of Meister Eckhart
Thank you.

A Prayer of St Augustine
Keep watch, dear Lord,
with those who work,
or watch,
or weep this night,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend the sick, Lord Christ;
give rest to the weary,
bless the dying,
soothe the suffering,
pity the afflicted,
shield the joyous,
and all for your love’s sake.
Amen.