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O ETERNAL, Gracious and bountiful God in heaven who has again, out of boundless grace and fatherly care, suffered me to end this day in good health and spirits, I thank You for this from my whole heart.

And since, alas, I did not spend this day to Your praise and honor, and to the welfare of my neighbor, my perverted nature being inclined to evil rather than to good, grant, I ask You, O faithful God, that I, who was conceived in sin, may realize my frailty and partake of Your divine grace.

Also teach me to meditate often on my death, that I may prepare for it in true repentance, and at its approach may, with confidence and bliss, leave this life of misery to be translated into Your heavenly paradise, together with all faithful Christians.

But while in this mortal frame, I ask You, to take me into Yours almighty protection, guarding and preserving me from all harm and danger of body and soul; for Christ Jesus, Your dear Son’s sake. Amen

Book: The Abridged Treasury of PrayersAn Epitome from the Larger “Gebets-Schatz” Published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo.

Publisher: American Lutheran Publication Board, Pittsburgh, PA. 1906