Praying for the Nation

Gracious God, as we remember before you the thousands who have died,

surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion.

Be gentle with us in our grief, protect us from despair,

and give us grace to persevere and face the future with hope in Jesus Christ our risen Lord.

Amen.

Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight,

and give your angels and saints charge over those who sleep.

Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ. Rest your weary ones.

Bless your dying ones. Soothe your suff

ering ones. Pity your afflicted ones. Shield your joyous ones, and all for your love's sake.

Amen.

Attributed to St. Augustine

Every 6 pm from 1 February