celtic preayers

Evening Prayers - I lay my head to rest

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Life was anything but easy for the first Christian families in this land, and they were conscious of their need of protection through the long, dark winter nights when the dangers came from many directions. There are prayers of 'night shielding' asking for protection, as well as those thanking God for the day that is past. These contemporary prayers have been written with similar thoughts in mind.

 

I lay my head to rest
and in doing so
lay at your feet
the faces I have seen
the voices I have heard
the words I have spoken
the hands I have shaken
the service I have given
the joys I have shared
the sorrows revealed
I lay them at your feet
and in doing so
lay my head to rest


May the God of peace
bring peace to this house
May the Son of peace
bring peace to this house
May the Spirit of peace
bring peace to this house
this night and all nights

 



Bless this house and those within
Bless our giving and receiving
Bless our words and conversation
Bless our hands and recreation
Bless our sowing and our growing
Bless our coming and our going
Bless all who enter and depart
Bless this house, your peace impart


 

Through the dark hours of this night
protect and surround us
Father, Son and Spirit, Three

Forgive the ill that we have done
Forgive the pride that we have shown
Forgive the words that have caused harm
that we might sleep peaceably
and rise refreshed to do your will

Through the dark hours of this night
protect and surround us
Father, Son and Spirit, Three

 



This night and every night
grant to me light
This night and every night
grant to me peace
This night and every night
grant to me rest
This night and every night
grant to me grace
This night and every night
grant to me joy