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.

Mozarabic Morning Prayers

From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! (Psalm 113:3)
Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! (Psalm 113:2)

O God, your name is praised from the rising of the sun until it sets. Fill our hearts with knowledge and open our lips in your praise. Since you are blessed with due honor forever and ever, so may you be praised from the east to the west by all nations.
Amen.

Through your mercy, O our God, you are blessed, and live and govern all things, now and forever.
Amen.

 

It is right, O Lord, to declare your praise in the morning.
And your truth in the evening.

Let our morning prayer rise to you, O Lord. Since you receive our praise and have compassion on our weakness, grant that this day may be one of joy, peace and quietness and without stain of sin, so that being delivered from temptation, we may glorify you in the evening as our eternal King.
Amen.

Through your mercy, O our God, you are blessed, and live and govern all things, now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic, 7th century
Source of this version: Freely modified from The Revised Prayer-book of the Reformed Spanish Church. p. 11-12, 26. Scripture reverences from the English Standard Version.

For Light to Follow You

O Lord,
direct our steps this day
into the way of peace,
and strengthen our hearts
to obey your commandments.
May the Dayspring visit us from on high,
and give light
to those who sit in darkness
and the shadow of death,
that they may adore you for your mercy,
follow you for your truth,
desire you for your sweetness,
for you are the blessed Lord God of Israel,
now and forever. Amen.

Source: An ancient Collect, A. D. 440
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:

DIRECT our steps this day, O Lord, into the way of peace, and strengthen our hearts to obey thy commandments; may the Dayspring visit us from on high, and give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, that they may adore thee for thy mercy, follow thee for thy truth, desire thee for thy sweetness, who art the blessed Lord God of Israel, both now and evermore. Amen.

Morning Thanksgiving

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.

For Cheerfulness

O God,
you have have folded back
the mantle of the night
to clothe us in the golden glory of the day.
Drive from our hearts
all gloomy thoughts,
and make us glad
with the brightness of your hope,
that we may aspire
to heavenly virtues;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: An Ancient Collect, A. D. 590
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:

O GOD, who hast folded back the mantle of the night to clothe us in the golden glory of the day, chase from our hearts all gloomy thoughts, and make us glad with the brightness of hope, that we may effectively aspire to unwon virtues, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For Spiritual Light

Almighty God,
in you there is no darkness at all.
Give us your eternal light.
When we cannot see the way before us,
may we continue to put our trust in you,
that under your guidance and protection
we may be kept from falling this day,
and finally, by your mercy,
enter into our rest;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Unknown
Source of this version: Freely modified from Service and Prayers for Church and Home, Ed. Wilbur Patterson Thirkield, Methodist Book Concern, 1918

Original in traditional English:

ALMIGHTY GOD, in whom is no darkness at all, grant us thy light perpetually, and when we cannot see the way before us, may we continue to put our trust in thee, that so being guided and guarded, we may be kept from falling this day, and finally, by thy mercy, enter into our rest; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Morning Prayer

Almighty God,
you fill all things with your presence.
In your great love,
keep us near you this day.
Grant that in all our ways and doings
we may remember that you see us,
and may always have grace to know and perceive
what things you would have us do,
and give us strength to do the same;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: An Ancient Collect, fifth century

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953