Prayers before Sleep.

 

Invocation

 

Grant, O Lord, this night to keep me without sin.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer

Visit, we beseech you, O Lord, this dwelling, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy Angels dwell herein, to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be always upon us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

I adore you, my God, and I love you with all my heart. I give you thanks for having created me, for having made me a Christian, and for having preserved me this day. Pardon me for the evil I have done today; if I have done anything good, please accept it. Keep me while I take my rest and deliver me from all dangers. May your grace be always with me. Amen.

Jesus Christ my God, I adore you and thank you for all the graces you have given me this day. I offer you my sleep and all the moments of this night, and I beseech you to keep me without sin. Wherefore I put myself within your sacred Side and under the mantle of our Lady, my Mother. Let your holy Angels stand about me and keep me in peace; and let your blessing be upon me.


Christopher, Spence, and Rowan, The Raccolta, Benziger Brothers (1957). The prayers from this text are presented here for religious and educational purposes. No other use is intended or permitted. These prayers were all granted indulgences by the church to encourage their use. They would carry partial indulgences today.

The image is by Rembrandt and is entitled "David praying" from Rembrandt, published 1906.

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