MOST merciful God, who is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, and has promised forgiveness to all those who confess and forsake their sins, I come before You in a humble sense of my own unworthiness, acknowledging my manifold transgressions. Make me deeply sensible of the great evil of them, and work in me a hearty contrition, that I may obtain forgiveness at Your hands for the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, our only Savior and Redeemer.
Lord, lest I be drawn again into sin, I ask You for the direction and assistance of the Holy Spirit. Reform whatever is amiss in the temper and disposition of my soul, that no unclean thoughts, unlawful, designs, or inordinate desires, may rest there;’ so that I may be preserved pure and blameless, to the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Accept, O Lord, my intercessions’ for all mankind. Send down Your blessings, temporal and spiritual, upon all my relation’s, friends and neighbors. Be merciful to all who are in any trouble, and God of pity, administer to them according to their several necessities, for his sake who went about doing good, Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
To my prayers, 0 Lord, I join my unfeigned thanks for all Your mercies. Above all, I adore You, for sending Your only Son into the world, to redeem me from sin and eternal death, and for giving me the knowledge and sense of my duty towards You. I bless You for Your patience with me, notwithstanding my many and great provocations; for all the directions, assistance and comforts of Your Holy Spirit; and for Your continual care and watchful providence over me through the whole* course of my life. I ask You to continue Your gracious protection to me this night. Defend me from all dangers and mischief’s, and fit me for the duties of the following day. Make me ever mindful of the time when I shall lie down in the dust. Grant me grace always to live in such a state that I never be afraid to die, so that living and dying, I may be Yours, through the merits and satisfaction of Your Son Christ Jesus, in whose name I offer up these my imperfect prayers. 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