Edinburgh twilight, August 2016 (photo: Irene Bom)
May your angels, holy Son,
guard our homes when day is done,
when at peace, our sleep is best:
Bid them watch us while we rest.
Prince of everything that is,
High Priest of the mysteries,
let your angels, God supreme,
tell us truth dressed as a dream.
May no terror and no fright
spoil our slumber in the night;
free from care our eyelids close;
Spirit, give us prompt repose.
We have laboured through the day;
lift our burdens when we pray,
then our souls in safety keep,
that our sleep be soft and deep.
‘Evening Prayer’, attributed to St Patrick
(c. 389 – c. 461)
from 2000 Years of Prayer compiled by Michael Counsell, p. 76