MATINS - Midnight Prayer

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 St Martin renounces the army
St Martin leaves the life of chivalry and renounces the army (fresco by Simone Martini)

Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Collect

Jesus of Nazareth, thank you for Martin,
the soldier who shared his cloak with a beggar,
the pastor who searched deep into the country,
the bishop who protested a heretic’s execution;
he brought the message of the kingdom.
Amen.

New Testament Reading - The Christian’s Armour

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4 But, dear brothers, you are not in the dark about these things, and you won't be surprised as by a thief when that day of the Lord comes. 5 For you are all children of the light and of the day, and do not belong to darkness and night. 6 So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Watch for his return and stay sober. 7 Night is the time for sleep and the time when people get drunk. 8 But let us who live in the light keep sober, protected by the armour of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the happy hope of salvation.

9 For God has not chosen to pour out his anger upon us, but to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ; 10 he died for us so that we can live with him forever, whether we are dead or alive at the time of his return. 11 So encourage each other to build each other up, just as you are already doing.

. . . . .1 Thessalonians 5:4-11

Thanksgiving

Thank Him for 3 things that happened today (Good or Not!)

Prayer

Our Father,
save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.

Dear Lord,
watch with those who wake or watch or weep tonight,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep;
tend your sick ones,
rest your afflicted ones, shield your joyous ones,
and all, for your love's sake.
Amen

The Blessing

May Christ the King give us his blessing of peace.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.