A Service of Night Prayer during the Pandemic

The eternal God is your refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Deuteronomy 33.27

Opening Sentences

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

Let us pause and reflect on the day that is past.

Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.

Bible Reading

Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High︎
and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,

2 Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my
stronghold, my God, in whom I put my trust.’

3 For he shall deliver you from the snare of the
fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He shall cover you with his wings
and you shall be safe under his feathers;︎
his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.

5 You shall not be afraid of any terror by night,︎
nor of the arrow that flies by day;

6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,︎
nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.

7 Though a thousand fall at your side  
and ten thousand at your right hand,︎
yet it shall not come near you.

8 Your eyes have only to behold︎
to see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge︎
and the Most High your stronghold,

10 There shall no evil happen to you,︎
neither shall any plague come near your tent.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over you,︎
to keep you in all your ways.

12 They shall bear you in their hands,︎
lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder;
the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 Because they have set their love upon me, therefore will I deliver them;︎ 
I will lift them up, because they know my name.

15 They will call upon me and I will answer them;
I am with them in trouble, I will deliver them and bring them to honour.

16 With long life will I satisfy them
and show them my salvation.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

You, O Lord, are in the midst of us, and we are
called by your name; leave us not, O Lord our God.

Jeremiah 14.9


Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and
are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you
rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will
find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and
my burden is light.                            

Matthew 11.28-end


Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
so that he may exalt you in due time.
Cast all your anxiety on him,
because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5.6,7


Merciful God, we entrust to your unfailing
and tender care this night those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold us safe.
Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us
through the silent hours of this night,
so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world,
may rest upon your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen.

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