Order of Matin Prayer


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,
guardian of souls and bodies,
to encamp around me,
and ever to prompt what is salutary,
                                         Vouchsafe O LORD.

Pardon and remission
of all sins and of all offences
                                         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, {7}
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
                                         Vouchsafe O LORD.


Essence beyond essence, Nature increate,
Framer of the world,
I set Thee, LORD, before my face,
and I lift up my soul unto Thee.
I worship Thee on my knees,
and humble myself under Thy mighty hand.
I stretch forth my hands unto Thee,
my soul gaspeth unto Thee as a thirsty land.
I smite on my breast
and say with the Publican,
GOD be merciful to me a sinner,
the chief of sinners;
to the sinner above the Publican,
be merciful as to the Publican.
Father of mercies,
I beseech Thy fatherly affection,
despise me not
an unclean worm, a dead dog, a putrid corpse,
despise not Thou the work of Thine own hands,
despise not Thine own image
though branded by sin.
LORD, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean,
LORD, only say the word, and I shall be cleansed. {8}

SAVIOUR of sinners, of whom I am chief,
despise me not, despise me not, O LORD,
despise not the cost of Thy blood,
who am called by Thy Name;
but look on me with those eyes
with which Thou didst look upon
Magdalen at the feast,
Peter in the hall,
the thief on the wood;—
that with the thief I may call on Thee humbly,
Remember me, LORD, in Thy kingdom;
that with Peter I may bitterly weep and say,
O that mine eyes were a fountain of tears
that I might weep day and night;
that with Magdalen I may hear Thee say,
Thy sins be forgiven thee,
and with her to love much,
for many sins yea manifold
have been forgiven me.
And Thou, All-holy, Good, and Life-giving Spirit,
despise me not, Thy breath,
despise not Thine own holy things;
but turn Thee again, O LORD, at the last,
and be gracious unto Thy servant.


Blessed art Thou, O LORD,
Our GOD,
the GOD of our Fathers;
who turnest the shadow of death into the morning;
and lightenest the face of the earth;
who separatest darkness from the face of the light
and banishest night and bringest back the day;
who lightenest mine eyes,
that I sleep not in death;
who deliverest me from the terror by night,
from the pestilence that walketh in darkness; {9}
who drivest sleep from mine eyes,
and slumber from mine eyelids;
who makest the outgoings of the morning and evening
to praise Thee;
because I laid me down and slept and rose up again,
for the LORD sustained me;
because I waked and beheld,
and my sleep was sweet unto me.
Blot out as a thick cloud my transgressions,
and as a cloud my sins;
grant me to be a child of light, a child of the day,
to walk soberly, holily, honestly, as in the day,
vouchsafe to keep me this day without sin.
Thou who upholdest the falling and liftest the fallen,
let me not harden my heart in provocation,
or temptation or deceitfulness of any sin.
Moreover, deliver me today
from the snare of the hunter
and from the noisome pestilence;
from the arrow that flieth by day,
from the sickness that destroyeth in the noon day.
Defend this day against my evil,
against the evil of this day defend Thou me.
Let not my days be spent in vanity,
nor my years in sorrow.
One day telleth another,
and one night certifieth another.
O let me hear Thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning,
for in Thee is my trust;
show Thou me the way that I should walk in,
for I lift up my soul unto Thee.
Deliver me O LORD, from mine enemies,
for I flee unto Thee.
Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth Thee,
for Thou art my GOD;
let Thy loving SPIRIT lead me forth
into the land of righteousness. {10}

Quicken me, O LORD, for Thy Name's sake,
and for Thy righteousness' sake
bring my soul out of trouble;
remove from me foolish imaginations,
inspire those which are good
and pleasing in Thy sight.
Turn away mine eyes
lest they behold vanity;
let mine eyes look right on,
and let mine eyelids look straight before me.
Hedge up mine ears with thorns
lest they incline to undisciplined words.
Give me early the ear to hear,
and open mine ears to the instruction of Thy oracles.
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth,
and keep the door of my lips.
Let my word be seasoned with salt,
that it may minister grace to the hearers.
Let no deed be grief unto me
nor offence of heart.
Let me do some work
for which Thou wilt remember me, LORD, for good,
and spare me according to the greatness of Thy mercy.
Into Thine hands I commend
my spirit, soul, and body,
which Thou hast created, redeemed, regenerated,
O LORD, Thou GOD of truth;
and together with me
all mine and all that belongs to me.
Thou hast vouchsafed them to me,
LORD, in Thy goodness.
Guard us from all evil,
guard our souls,
I beseech Thee, O LORD.
Guard us without falling,
and place us immaculate
in the presence of Thy glory
in that day. {11}
Guard   my going out and my coming in
henceforth and for ever.
Prosper, I pray Thee, Thy servant this day,
and grant him mercy
in the sight of those who meet him.
O GOD, make speed to save me,
O LORD, make haste to help me.
O turn Thee then unto me,
and have mercy upon me;
give Thy strength unto Thy servant,
and help the son of Thine handmaid.
Show some token upon me for good,
that they who hate me may see it and be ashamed,
because Thou, LORD, hast holpen me
and comforted me.

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