NIGHT PRAYER: Saturday 3/16

The text of this evening's prayer is called "Patrick Compline" and comes to us from the   Nothumbria Community.  Compline (derived from the Old French word complir: to complete or bring to an end) is another word for night prayer.  If you read this morning's Pause for Prayer you'll see in the text below shades of the Lorica of Saint Patrick and of Psalm 16.

In the name of the King of life;
in the name of the Christ of love;
in the name of the Holy Spirit:
    the Triune of my strength.

I love you, O Lord my strength.
The Lord is my rock,
    my fortress and my deliverer.
My God is my rock
    in whom I take refuge.

I will praise the Lord who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.

I have set the Lord always before me.
Because He is at my right hand,
    I shall not be shaken.

I am placing my soul and my body
    under your guarding this night, O Christ.
May your cross this night be shielding me.

Into Your hands I commit my spirit;
    redeem me, O Lord, the God of Truth.

The God of life with guarding hold you;
    the loving Christ with guarding fold you;
        the Holy Spirit, guarding, mold you;
    each night of life to aid, enfold you;
        each day and night of life uphold you.

May God shield me;
may God fill me;
may God keep me;
may God watch me;
may God bring me this night
    to the nearness of His love.
The peace of the Father of joy,
the peace of the Christ of hope,
the peace of the Spirit of grace,
the peace of all peace
    be mine this night.


Tonight's song is yet another setting of the Lorica
(see this morning 's prayer for three others).  Dwight
Beal has adapted the text beautifully and given us a
very singable tune for this great prayer.

Hymn of Saint Patrick  by Dwight Beal

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