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Prayer from the Apostolic Constitutions

Apostolic Constitutions is a fourth century collection of eight treatises containing guidance to early Christian communities on topics such as doctrine and worship.

O God, who art without beginning and without end, the Maker of the whole world by Christ, and the Provider for it, but before all His God and Father, the Lord of the Spirit, and the King of intelligible and sensible beings; who hast made the day for the works of light, and the night for the refreshment of our infirmity,—for “the day is Thine, the night also is Thine: Thou hast prepared the light and the sun,”—do Thou now, O Lord, Thou lover of mankind, and Fountain of all good, mercifully accept of this our evening thanksgiving. Thou who hast brought us through the length of the day, and hast brought us to the beginnings of the night, preserve us by Thy Christ, afford us a peaceable evening, and a night free from sin, and vouchsafe us everlasting life by Thy Christ, through whom glory, honour, and worship be to Thee in the Holy Spirit forever. Amen.

Bibliography: Potts, J. Manning. “Prayers of the Early Church.” Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts. Accessed February 2, 2021. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/48247/48247-h/48247-h.htm.

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