NIGHT PRAYER: Thursday 10/1

(There are two full moons this October: 
tonight, October 1, and Saturday, October 31)
Day is done, Lord,
day is done...

Autumn evenings, crisp and cool,
turn the leaves and turn my soul
in tune with season's change...
I remember this day's noontime warmth
so I offer thanks and praise
for October's hues and simple joys...

The night's chill breeze shakes leaves from trees
and sweeps the chambers in my heart:
fall cleaning for my soul...
Day is done, Lord,
day is done...
In your holy outstretched arms, Lord
hold close all those who lean on me
and all those, too, who care for me...
Protect us, Lord, while we're awake
and watch over us as we sleep;
may this night's moon, so full and bright,
look down on us in peace
as we keep watch for your return, 
as we await the dawn...

(Tonight's musical selection is below the graphic)

Day Is Done performed by the Notre Dame Folk Choir

1. Day is done, but love unfailing dwells ever here; 
Shadows fall, but hope prevailing calms ev'ry fear. 
Loving Father, none forsaking, take our hearts, of love's own making, 
Watch our sleeping, guard our waking, be always near. 
2. Dark descends, but light unending shines through our night; 
You are with us, ever lending new strength to sight: 
One in love, your truth confessing, one in hope of heaven's blessing, 
May we see, in love's possessing, love's endless light! 
3. Eyes will close, but you, unsleeping, watch by our side; 
Death may come, in love's safekeeping still we abide. 
God of love, all evil quelling, sin forgiving, fear dispelling, 
Stay with us, our hearts indwelling, this eventide.


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