April 19, 2014

Luther’s Morning and Evening Prayers

In the Small Catechism, Martin Luther wrote Morning and Evening Prayers for families to say each day. I find them attractive in their simplicity and devotion. Perhaps you will find them useful in your own conversational relationship with God and in your family.

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Morning Prayer

In the morning, when you rise, you shall bless yourself with the holy cross and say:

In the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then, kneeling or standing, repeat the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. If you choose, you may, in addition, say this little prayer:

I thank Thee, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son, that Thou hast kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray Thee to keep me this day also from sin and all evil, that all my doings and life may please Thee. For into Thy hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Thy holy angel be with me, that the Wicked Foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Then go to your work with joy, singing a hymn, such as one on the Ten Commandments, or what your devotion may suggest.

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Evening Prayer

In the evening, when you go to bed, you shall bless yourself with the holy cross and say:

In the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then, kneeling or standing, repeat the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. If you choose, you may, in addition, say this little prayer:

I thank Thee, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son, that Thou hast graciously kept me this day, and I pray Thee to forgive me all my sins, where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Thy hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Thy holy angel be with me, that the Wicked Foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Then go to sleep promptly and cheerfully.

Comments

  1. been saying these my whole life …. as long as i can remember … i thank god for christian parents who taught the faith to me.

  2. We said the Morning Prayer as a congregation this morning during our Divine Service – made me smile to see it here as well.

  3. Beautiful, simple, powerful. Go do your work with joy, then go to sleep in peace. What more could anyone ask?

  4. I’ve been praying these with my wife for over a year now, but I’m still trying to figure out who the “holy angel” is. Any suggestions?