Night Prayer

Leader: O God, come to my assistance.

All:O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.
Amen. Alleluia

Let us take a moment to examine our day and entrust ourselves to God’s mercy…

PSALM 91

Antiphon: Night holds no terrors for me sleeping under God’s wings.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High*

and abides in the shade of the Almighty

says to the Lord: “My refuge,

my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!”

 

It is he who will free you from the snare

of the fowler who seeks to destroy you;

he will conceal you with his pinions

and under his wings you will find refuge.

You will not fear the terror of the night

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the plague that prowls in the darkness

nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.

 

A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand fall at your right,

you, it will never approach;

his faithfulness is buckler and shield.

Your eyes have only to look

to see how the wicked are repaid,

you who have said: Lord, my refuge!”

and have made the Most High your dwelling.

Upon you no evil shall fall,

no plague approach where you dwell.

For you has he commanded his angels,

to keep you in all your ways.

They shall bear you upon their hands

lest you strike your foot against a stone.

On the lion and the viper you will tread

and trample the young lion and the dragon.

 

Since he clings to me in love, I will free him;

protect him for he knows my name.

When he calls I shall answer: “I am with you.”

I will save him in distress and give him glory.

With length of life I will content him;

I shall let him see my saving power.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now,

and will be forever. Amen.

 

Antiphon: Night holds no terrors for me sleeping under God’s wings.

READING: Revelation 22:4-5

They shall see the Lord face to face and bear his name on

their foreheads. The night shall be no more. They will need no light

from lamps or the sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and

they shall reign forever.

RESPONSORY

Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

          –Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth.

          -I commend my spirit

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit

          -Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

GOSPEL CANTICLE
Luke 2:29-32

 

Antiphon: Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.

 

(Together)

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;*

your word has been fulfilled:

my own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

a light to reveal you to the nations

and the glory of your people Israel

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

(Alleluia)

 

Antiphon: Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.

 

 

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Lord,

we have celebrated today

the mystery of the rising of Christ to new life.

May we now rest in your peace,

safe from all that could harm us,

and rise again refreshed and joyful,

to praise you throughout another day.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

BLESSING

May the all-powerful Lord grant us a restful night and a peaceful

death.  

-Amen