Jay Forrest


Psalm 134

Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, *
    you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.
Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; *
    the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

A Reading

Lord, you are in the midst of us and we are called by your Name: Do not forsake us, O Lord our God. -Jeremiah 14:9, 22

The following may be said

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
    to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
    whom you have prepared for all the world to see;
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
    and the glory of your people Israel. - Luke 2:29-32

Prayers for ourselves and others may follow. It is appropriate that prayers of thanksgiving for the blessings of the day, and penitence for our
sins, be included.

Confession of Sin

We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins

Silence may be kept.

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
 in your compassion forgive us our sins,
 known and unknown,
 things done and left undone;
 and so uphold us by your Spirit
 that we may live and serve you in newness of life,
 to the honor and glory of your Name;
 through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name;
    thy kingdom come;
    thy will be done;
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass
    against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
    the power and the glory,
    for ever and ever.

The Collect

Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angles dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The almighty and merciful Lord, + Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.

This is from "Morning and Evening Daily Devotions for Families and Individuals" from the Book of Common Prayer according to the Episcopal Church. 1979.

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Rev. Jay N. Forrest, D.Min., is an ordained Christian minister, a hospice chaplain, and a certified meditation teacher writing on Christian spirituality.

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