Two Evening Prayers from the Antiphonary of Bangor
In the evening
Let our evening prayers ascend to your ears, O divine Majesty, and let your blessing descend over us, O Lord, as we put our hope in you; for you live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
At the beginning of the night
O God, you shine your light on the deep darkness of night. Shine your light on our deep darkness, and guard our hearts in the way of your commandments, O Lord; for you live and reign with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Source: Antiphonary of Bangor, ninth century
Source of this version: Translated and reworked from the Latin text for A Collection of Prayers.
© 2016 Paul C. Stratman
Translation of Prayers “Vespertina oratio nostra ascendat ad aures / Let our evening prayers ascend to your ears” and “Deus qui inextricabiles tenebras / O God, you shine your light on the deep darkness” by Paul C. Stratman are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Please contact for any commercial usage.
31. Ad vespertinam.
Vespertina oratio nostra ascendat ad aures divinae majestatis tuae, et descendat benedic tio tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te, Qui regnas &c
32. Ad initium noctis.
Deus qui inextricabiles tenebras illuminas noctium, densitatem caliginis illustrans, corda nostra in opere mandatorum tuorum te oramus, Domine custodias, Qui regnas &c
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