New Sherwood

Morning and evening prayer – A Night Litany


( + ) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

O God, our Father, graciously hear us.

We plead before Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for all tonight who stand in most need of Thy merciful love and protection.

On souls beset by temptation,
Have mercy.
On those who are in deadly sin,
Have mercy.
On those who are given up to worldliness, and forgetful of Thee,
Have mercy.
On those who at this moment are in danger of losing Thee forever,
Have mercy.

V. By Thine agony,
R. Save them, Jesus.

V. Those who are tempting others,
R. Convert to Thy love.

On those carrying on wicked trades, and profiting by sin,
Have mercy.
On those indulging in sinful amusements,
Have mercy.
On all frequenting haunts of sin,
Have mercy.
On all who are imperiling their souls by luxury and self-indulgence,
Have mercy.

V. By Thy scourging,
R. Save them, Jesus.

On all who are out tonight; the homeless, the weary, the starving, the suicide, the intemperate,
Have mercy.
On those who are out for sin,
Have mercy.

V. To those who are out to rescue others,
R. Grant help and protection.

V. For those who work at night; the police, railwaymen, firemen; those employed in hazardous occupations; those engaged on the stage; soldiers, sailors, chauffeurs, aviators; watchmen on duty; editors and journalists,
R. Let Thy Presence be with them; by Thy night watching, save them, Jesus.

V. For the sick and suffering, and all who are enduring any agony of body or mind,
R. Grant them comfort, peace, and consolation.

V. For all undergoing medical operations,
R. Strengthen them, Jesus, and help them in body and soul.

V. For the sleepless and the lonely,
R. Be near them.

V. For those in anxiety, nervous or mental distress,
R. Calm them.

V. For the insane,
R. Keep them in Thy power.

V. For night nurses,
R. Give faithfulness and sympathy.

V. For priests and doctors called out this night,
R. Encourage and reward them.

V. By Thy crown of thorns,
R. Deliver them, Jesus.

V. For those who this night must suffer bereavement,
R. Visit and sustain them.

V. For those for whom this will be their last night on earth,
R. Deepen their contrition and receive their souls.

On those dying alone without priest or sacrament,
Have mercy.
On those dying rejecting the ministry of Thy Holy Church,
Have mercy.
On those dying unconscious,
Have mercy.
On those dying blind to their sin,
Have mercy.
On those who are afraid to die,
Have mercy.

V. For dying priests, religious, and all communicants,
R. Have mercy upon them and receive them to Thyself, Jesus.

V. For all the faithful departed,
R. Grant them light and peace.

V. For ourselves in our last hour,
R. Grant the pardon of our sins, negligences, and ignorances.

V. By Thy holy death,
R. Deliver us, Jesus.

On behalf of those who have said no prayers today, let us say:



On behalf of those who blaspheme and neglect the Blessed Sacrament, let us say:

Blessed ( + ), praised, worshipped and adored be Jesus Christ on His throne of glory in heaven, and in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar!

( + ) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.


January 17, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Is this not beautiful and absolutely overflowing with charity? I think there must be tremendous suffering in the world for lack of prayers like these. This is from the old Saint Augustine’s Prayer Book, first published by the Order of the Holy Cross at the peak of the Anglo-Catholic movement in the United States.


    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | January 17, 2008 | Reply

  2. It is indeed beautiful. Already printed out to keep at my bedside. Thank you.


    Comment by annabenedetti | January 17, 2008 | Reply

  3. You’re quite welcome! Nothing would please me more than to have these prayers spread far and wide …


    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | January 18, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thank you so much Jeff…I really needed this tonight. More than coincidental, I’m sure…


    Comment by Kimberly | January 18, 2008 | Reply

  5. thank you so much for posting this. It is a really beautiful and thought provoking prayer.


    Comment by Ellen Rogers | April 29, 2009 | Reply

  6. Jeff, I just stumbled on this prayer last night. Now it has become my daily prayers (all my other prayers).
    God bless you and loved ones.


    Comment by Lil | January 4, 2010 | Reply

  7. I recited this Prayer when I was a Brother in the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd in New Mexico. I was a Brother in the early 70’s and have search for this prayer for a long time so Thank You for publishing it !


    Comment by Michael Byrne | February 10, 2012 | Reply

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