A simple form of evening prayer and candle lighting *
At St Mary's we would like to invite you to join us in a short time of prayer every day at 7pm. It involves lighting a candle and placing it in the window and then saying the following prayers as individuals or as households. You can join with others in these prayers on our Facebook page.
The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth.
A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
The following may be listened to Take this moment by John Bell
The reading for the day (see below)**
The candle is lit and the following prayer is said
Heavenly Father, accept this burning candle as a sign of faith and love.
Like this candle, bring light into our world
Even as this candle is lit may we know your presence
and be consumed in the warmth of your love.
In your mercy, Lord hear our prayer.
In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
Abide with us, Lord Jesus
for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning
so do we look for you, O Christ.
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace. Amen.
The readings for the next 2 weeks are based on Jesus' teaching and miracles
Monday 17th Jesus first miracle water to wine:- John 2.1-11
Tuesday 18th The Samaritan woman:- John 4.7-14
Wednesday 19th Jesus is rejected in his own hometown:- Luke 4:14–30
Thursday 20th Jesus calls his disciples:- Matthew 9:9–13
Friday 21st The sermon on the mount:- Matthew 5.1-12
Saturday 22nd The centurion:- Matthew 8:1–13
Monday 24th Jesus meet Nicodemus:- John 3:1-5
Tuesday 25th Jesus heals a man:- John 5.1-9
Wednesday 26th Jesus Calms the storm:- Luke 8:22–25
Thursday 27th. Jesus walks on water:- Mark 6:45–56
Friday 28th. Jesus heals a woman:- Matthew 5.24b-34
Saturday 29th. Jesus heals a girl:- Mark 5.21-24,35-42