A Prayer for the Night

Here’s a prayer for the night from the 5th century North African Bishop Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430):

Watch, O Lord,
with those who wake,
or watch or weep tonight,
and give your angels charge
over those who sleep.

Tend your sick ones,
O Lord Jesus Christ;
rest your weary ones;
bless your dying ones;
soothe your suffering ones;
pity your afflicted ones;
shield your joyous ones;
and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

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