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Blessed be God, the maker of heaven and earth, blessed be the Lord, who only does wondrous things, and blessed be His glorious name forever who has made both day and night through His glorious wisdom, and so ruled, that while the earth remains, they shall not cease, that man may rest by night, and proceed again to his labors by day. O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all: the earth is full of Your riches. For such gifts we thank You before the sun rises, and come into Your presence when the light breaks forth. Therefore I bless You now also, for You have suffered me securely to rest and sleep this night, and again awakened me to the joy of living. You have mercifully sheltered me from the assaults and malice of enemies. I supplicate Your grace: grant that my soul may repose in Your hands, my body continue in health according to Your good pleasure, and be kept from all injury and peril. Be my mighty protection and strong stay, a defense from heat, and my cover from the sun at noon, my preservation from stumbling, and my help from falling, that no harm may come unto me.

O Merciful God, knowing the hour is come to awaken out of the sleep of sin and iniquity, for now is our salvation so near, the night is far spent, the day is at hand: so help us to cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, that we may walk honestly as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in clambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying, but putting on the Lord Jesus Christ in the true faith and a Christian conduct. Thus awaken us each morning. Open my ears that I may hear Your holy Word with a believing heart and keep the same in my memory. Let my ears incline to the entreaties and prayers of the needy, not to forsake them in their distress. And when in my distress I cry unto You, hear the voice of my supplications, and despise not my sighing in the hour of death. Let my prayers come before You early. Incline Your ears to my entreaties. Satisfy us early with Your mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Amen. –– John Habermann