Night Prayer


In the Name of the + Father and of the Son; and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. (Sign of the Cross explained.)

BLESSED be the Holy and Undivided Trinity now and for ever. Amen.
Come O Holy Ghost fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.

Our Father... Hail Mary... I believe...

Place Yourself In the Presence of God.

O ALMIGHTY and eternal God, Whose Majesty fills heaven and earth, I firmly believe that you art here present; that your all-seeing eye is upon me; that you knows all things, and art most intimately present in the very center of my soul. I desire to bow down all the powers of my soul to adore you; I desire to join my voice with all your Blessed Angels and Saints to praise you and glorify you now and for ever.

Give Thanks.


I MOST heartily thank you, O Lord, for all your mercies and blessings bestowed upon me and upon your whole Church; and particularly for those I have received from you this day, in watching over me, and preserving me from so many evils, and favoring me with so many graces and inspirations... (Here pause and meditate on God's mercies). Oh, let me never more be ungrateful unto you, my God, Who art so good and gracious unto me.


Ask for Light to discover your Sins.


AND now, dear Lord, add this one blessing to the rest; that I may clearly discover the sins which I have committed this day, by thought, word, and deed, or by any omission of any part of my duty to you, to my neighbor, or to myself, that no part of my guilt may be hidden from my own eyes, but that I may see my sins in their true color, and may detest them as I ought.



Daily Examination.

Examine your conscience, and consider where and in what company you have been this day. Call to mind the sins committed against God, your neighbor, or yourself; and reflect whether you have fulfilled the duties of your state of life.

Against God.

By omission or negligence in the discharge of our religious duties; irreverence; willful distractions, or inattention in prayer; resistance to the divine grace; oaths; murmuring [grumble]; want of confidence [in God] and [want of] resignation [to God's will], (Pause and examine.)

Against our neighbor.

By rash judgments; hatred; jealousy; contempt; desire of revenge; quarreling; passion; imprecations; injuries; detraction; raillery [teasing], false reports; damaging either in goods or reputation; bad example; scandal; want of, obedience, respect, charity, or fidelity.(Pause and examine.)

Against ourselves.

By vanity; human respect [motivated by a desire for human respect, thus pride]; lies; youths, desires, discourses, or actions contrary to purity; by intemperance, rage or impatience; by a useless and sensual life or by sloth; in not complying with the duties of our state [in life, including marital state and occupation].(Pause and examine.)

[For a more extensive listing of our moral duties see:
Examination of Conscience or Gospel Morality: What the New Testament Says.

Types of Sin - the Vices]
The Confiteor.

I CONFESS to Almighty God, to blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the Saints, that I have sinned exceedingly in youth, word, and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault, Therefore I beseech blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints, to pray to the Lord our God for me,

May the Almighty God have mercy on me, and forgive me my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen.

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of all my sins. Amen,


An Act of Contrition.

O FATHER of mercies! Who desires not the death of sinners; look upon me, a miserable sinner, according to the multitude of your mercies. I acknowledge and confess, and am heartily sorry for all the sins of my past life, and of this day in particular. I cast myself at your feet and beseech you to cover all my sins with that infinite love with which you have loved us from all eternity. I grieve from the bottom of my heart that I have been so ungrateful to you for your benefits, and have so often offended you, my God and my chief Good. Spare me, I beseech you, by the death and love of Jesus Christ your Son; and mercifully forgive me whatsoever sins I have, this day, or heretofore, committed against you, my neighbor, or myself.

Here you may say the Psalm Miserere [Psalm 51], or any other act of Penance.


A Resolution of Amendment.


O ALMIGHTY God! I firmly resolve, here in your presence, and before the whole company of heaven, to live henceforth more exactly in conformity to your will, and to the rule of your commandments. I resolve to keep a more strict watch over myself; to correct my evil habits; to attend more diligently to my duties; to avoid more carefully all sin, and whatever may lead to it.

But without your assistance, O Lord, there is no strength in man. you, therefore, Who made me to will that which is good, give me also the power to perform it.

Grant that I may live soberly, righteously, and piously in this world, and praise you for ever with your Saints in the world to come. Despise not, O Lord, my petitions, for your infinite mercies' sake, but accept this my evening sacrifice, and let it ascend as incense in your sight.

And you, my Holy Patrons, pray for me. you first, O holy Virgin, Mother of my God; you too, my Angel Guardian; and you, my chosen Patrons, N... and N..., and all you heavenly citizens, Angels, and Saints, who praise God unceasingly, even while we sleep; take me under your protection and commend me to God; that I may be protected from all the snares of our enemies, who are ever ready to hurt us while we sleep.


O LORD God, grant us an increase of faith, hope, and charity. Root out from among us all sin and vice, infidelity, dissension, and erroneous opinions, Reprove the wandering; correct the unbelieving; show to all in schism [i.e. separated Christians] the light of your grace, and restore them to the unity of your Church. Preserve the Pastors and rulers of your Church, from all adversities, both of mind and body. Give to all sinners true repentance. Preserve the just in righteousness. Confirm all who are dedicated to your Name in their holy resolutions. Have mercy upon all, O Lord. Give food to those who labor; comfort those who are oppressed with sorrow; supply the necessities of the needy; heal the sick; support the dying.

Forgive all who have sinned with me, or whom I have led into sin. Repay an hundredfold with good all whom I have injured, offended, or scandalized. Direct in the way of salvation all my [relatives] and friends; all who pray for me, all who have commended themselves to my prayers, all who think kindly of me. Hear them, O Lord, when they cry unto you in any tribulation. Bestow perpetual charity both on us and on our enemies. May all be filled with patience, kindness, and mercifulness. May envy, hatred, and all bitterness, be put away. Have mercy, also, O merciful Father, on all who sleep in Christ, especially on (N.......), and those with whom I have been familiarly acquainted. Eternal rest give to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

O eternal Father, I beseech you, by the life and death of your beloved Son; and by your mercy, grant, that I may persevere unto the end in good works, and die in your grace.

O good Jesus, I beseech you, by the love of the eternal Father, and by the last words with which you did commend your spirit to Him upon the cross, receive my soul at my last hour.

O Holy Spirit, have mercy on me, and by your holy inspiration, strengthen me always, but especially at the hour of my death.

O most Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on me now and at the hour of my death. Amen.

The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary may be said.




WE fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God.

Despise not our petitions in our necessities; but deliver us from all dangers, O ever glorious and blessed Virgin!

O my good Angel! whom God has appointed to be my guardian, enlighten me, protect me, and guard me this night. Amen.


De Protundis. (Psalm 129)


OUT of the depths have I cried to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.

Oh, let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

If you, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities; Lord, who shall stand it?

For with you there is merciful forgiveness; and by reason of your law I have waited for you, O Lord.

My soul has relied on His word: my soul has hoped in the Lord.

From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.

Because with the Lord there is mercy: and with Him is plentiful redemption.

And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

V). Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.

R). And let perpetual light shine upon them,

V). May they rest in peace.

R). Amen,

Let us pray. -- O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, give to the souls of your servants departed the remission of all their sins; that through pious supplications, they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired: Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

On going into Bed.

IN the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ crucified, I lay me down to rest; may He bless, govern, and preserve me, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen.

(Compiled from approved sources.) Key of Heaven, Regina Press, pp. 60-81. Imprimatur, +Patrick Cardinal Hayes, Archbishop of N.Y. Aug. 8, 1924.

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