Benefice of Boldre and South Baddesley

Various Prayers

Prayers on rising:
We give you hearty thanks for the rest of the past night and for the gift of a new day, with its opportunities for pleasing you. Grant that we may so pass its hours in the perfect freedom of your service, that at eventide we may again give thanks unto you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

-Eastern Orthodox Prayer

O Lord Christ, help us to maintain ourselves in simplicity and in joy, the joy of the merciful, the joy
of brotherly/sisterly love. Grant that, renouncing henceforth all thought of looking back, and joyful
with infinite gratitude, we may never fear to precede the dawn to praise and bless and sing to Christ
our Lord.

-Based on the Rule of Taizé

O God, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee; Mercifully grant, that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayers before bed:
Visit this place, O Lord, we pray, and drive far from it all the snares of the enemy; may your holy
angels dwell with us and guard us in peace, and may your blessing be always upon us; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

-Common Worship

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, sustain the dying, calm the suffering, and pity the distressed; all for your love’s sake, O Christ our Redeemer.

-after St. Augustine of Hippo

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, creator of the changes of day and night, giving rest to the weary, renewing the strength of those who are spent, bestowing upon us occasions of song in the evening. As you have protected us in the day that is past, so be with us in the coming night; keep us from every sin, every evil, and every fear; for you are our light and salvation, and the strength of our life. To you be glory for endless ages. Amen.

-Lancelot Andrewes

Grace before a meal:
Bless, O Lord, this food for our use and us in your service and keep us ever mindful of the needs of
others; for Christ’s sake. Amen


Prayers of penitence and contrition:
My God, for love of you I desire to hate and forsake all sins by which I have ever displeased you; and I resolve by the help of your grace to commit them no more; and to avoid all opportunities of sin. Help me to do this, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

-Common Worship

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. [Repeat x3]

-The Jesus Prayer

Grant we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace; that they may be cleansed from all their sins and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Holy God,
Holy and mighty,
Holy and immortal:
Have mercy on us.

-The Trisagion

Prayers before worship:
O Lord our God grant us grace to desire you with our whole heart: that desiring you, we may seek and find you; and finding you we may love you; and loving you we may hate those sins from which you have redeemed us; for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

-St. Anselm

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


For extraordinary use when you are unable to attend the communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament, I love you above all things and I desire you in my soul. Since I cannot receive you now sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my soul. As though you were already there I embrace you and unite myself wholly to you; permit not  that I should ever be separated from you. Amen

-St. Alphonsus Liguori

In the time of any common Plague of Sickness.
O ALMIGHTY God, who in thy wrath didst send a plague upon thine own people in the wilderness, for their obstinate rebellion against Moses and Aaron; and also, in the time of king David, didst slay with the plague of pestilence threescore and ten thousand, and yet remembering thy mercy didst save the rest: Have pity upon us miserable sinners, who now are visited with great sickness and mortality; that like as thou didst then accept of an atonement, and didst command the destroying Angel to cease from punishing, so it may now please thee to withdraw from us this plague and grievous sickness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Material from Common Worship is included in this service  and is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.