We give you sincere thanks
for the rest of the past night
and for the gift of a new day,
with its opportunities to pleasing you.
Grant that we may so pass its hours
in the perfect freedom of your service,
that at evening,
we may again give you thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Source: Daybreak Office of the Eastern Church
Source of this version: Freely modified from Service and Prayers for Church and Home, Ed. Wilbur Patterson Thirkield, Methodist Book Concern, 1918
Version in traditional English:
WE give thee hearty thanks for the rest of the past night and for the gift of a new day, with its opportunities of pleasing thee. Grant that we may so pass its hours in the perfect freedom of thy service, that at eventide we may again give thanks unto thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord God of our salvation,
we thank you
for all good things you do in our lives.
Help us always look to you,
the Savior and Benefactor of our souls.
You have refreshed us in the past night,
raised us up from our beds,
and brought us to worship your glorious name.
Give us grace and power
that we may sing your praise with understanding,
pray to you without ceasing,
and continue to work out our salvation
with fear and trembling;
through the aid of your Christ.
Source: Daybreak Office of the Eastern Church, freely modified from Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright, p. 5.2
“that we may sing your praise with understanding” may be a reference to 1 Corinthians 14:15
“pray to you without ceasing” is a reference to 1 Thessalonians 5:17
“continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling” is a reference to Philippians 2:12
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