ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, in whom I live and move and have my being, I render You my humble praises for Your preservation of me from the beginning of my life to the present day, and especially for having brought me in safety through the past night. And since it is of Your mercy, 0 gracious Father, that another day is added to my life, I here dedicate both my soul and body to You and Your service, in a sober, righteous, and godly life. O merciful God, confirm and strengthen me, that as I grow in age, I may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
But, O God, who knows the weakness and corruption of our nature, and the manifold temptations which we daily meet, I humbly ask You to have compassion on my infirmities, and to give me the constant assistance of Your Holy Spirit; that I may be effectually restrained from sin and excited to my duty. Imprint upon my heart such dread of Your judgments, and such grateful sense of Your goodness to me as may make me both afraid and ashamed to You. Above all, keep in my mind a lively remembrance of that great day, in which I must give a strict account of my thoughts, words, and actions; and according to the works done in the body, be eternally rewarded or punished, by him whom You has appointed the Judge of quick and dead, Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
In particular, I implore Your grace and protection during the ensuing day. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by Your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love You and direct me in all my doings with Your most gracious favor, and further me with Your continual help; that in all my works begun, continued and ended in You, I may glorify Your holy name. Finally, by Your mercy, may I obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Be pleased, O Lord, to take under Your fatherly care and protection my relations and friends. Make them all partakers of Your grace here, and of everlasting glory hereafter. Be favorable to our country. Let Your mercy embrace it on every side, and let Your favor be its glory. Give wisdom from above to all in authority over us, and make us a people fearing You and working righteousness. These things, and whatever else You shall see necessary and convenient for us, I humbly beg, through the merits and meditation of Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
Book: Army and Navy Prayer Book of the Confederates States of America
Printer: Richmond: Chas H. Wynne, 1865
Author: Diocesan Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Virginia
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014