Friday, December 28, 2007
Shadows of the evening
Although I usually publish this blog in the morning, today I want to focus on some of my favorite prayers for evening from The Book of Common Prayer. This seems appropriate since the shadows of 2007 are lengthening and the New Year will soon dawn.
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 your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.
O Lord God Almighty, as you have taught us to call the evening, the morning, and the noonday one day; and have made the sun to know its going down: Dispel the darkness of our hearts, that by your brightness we may know you to be the true God and eternal light, living and reigning for ever and ever. Amen.
Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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.
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek
Photo: taken at the Dungeness ruins
on Cumberland Island, December 6, 2007
Posted by Linda McCloud+ at 6:00 AM