A Morning Litany

Glory to you, O Lord, glory to you.
Glory to you, for you give us sleep
to refresh our weakness,
and to cancel the toils
of our fretful flesh.
To this day and all days,
a perfect, holy, peaceful, healthy, sinless course:
Grant us, O Lord.

Your angel of peace as a faithful guide,
a guardian of souls and bodies
to encamp around us,
and always move us
to what is beneficial for salvation:
Grant us, O Lord.

Pardon and forgiveness
of all sins and of all offenses:
Grant us, O Lord

That our souls have
what is good and useful,
and peace to the world:
Grant us, O Lord.

Repentance and discipline
for the rest of our life,
and health and peace to the end:
Grant us, O Lord.

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,
such thoughts, such deeds,
Grant us, O Lord. 

A Christian death,
without sin, without shame,
and, if it pleases you, without pain,
and a good answer
at the judgment seat
of Jesus Christ our Lord,
Grant us, O Lord.

Source: Lancelot Andrewes, 1555
Source of this version: Service and Prayers for Church and Home
edited by Wilbur Patterson Thirkield, 1918

Original in traditional English:

GLORY be to thee, O Lord, glory to thee.
Glory to thee, who givest me sleep
to recruit my weakness,
and to remit the toils of this fretful flesh.
To this day and all days
a perfect; holy, peaceful, healthy, sinless course,
vouchsafe, O Lord.

The Angel of peace, a faithful guide,
and guardian of souls and bodies,
encamp around me,
to ever to prompt what is salutary,
vouchsafe, O Lord.

Pardon and remission
of all sins and of all offenses
vouchsafe, O Lord.

To our souls what is good and convenient
and peace to the world,
vouchsafe, O Lord.

Repentance and strictness
for the residue of our life,
and health and peace to the end,
vouchsafe, O Lord.

Whatever is true, whatever is honest,
whatever just, whatever pure,
whatever lovely, whatever of good report,
if there be any virtue, if any praise,
such thoughts, such deeds,
vouchsafe, O Lord.

A Christian close,
without sin, without shame,
and, should it please thee, without pain,
and a good answer
at the dreadful and fearful judgment-seat
of Jesus Christ our Lord,
vouchsafe, O Lord.

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pastorstratman

Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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