Many Christians begin their day with a morning prayer and end it with an evening prayer. Every night before they go to sleep, Christian children are taught to "say their prayers" as a way to honor God and foster their spiritual growth. It is common in some churches to offer morning and evening prayersas a type of liturgical prayer.
Evening Prayer, or Vespers, is held at dusk when the sun has set. During Evening Prayer, we give thanks to God for the previous day and make an evening offering of praise (Psalm 141:1).
Part of the Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office, is Evening Prayer (also called Vespers or Vespers).This command to "pray always" is fulfilled in our daily Liturgy of the Hours by the Church (Luke 18:1; see also 1 Thessalonians 5:17).The people of God sanctify the day by continually praising God and praying for the world's needs through this prayer.
In the Liturgy of the Hours, there are a number of specific times for the prayer to be offered by the faithful.
The "hinge hours," when the most important prayers are said, are in the morning (right after waking up) and in the evening (right before going to bed) (which takes place as dusk begins to fall).After the Office of Readings, there is the Daytime Prayer, which can be held at any time of day, as well as the Evening Prayer, which can be held at any time between Midday and Midafternoon, and the Night Prayer, which can be held at any time of night (said before going to sleep).
Many men and women in religious life, including bishops, priests, and deacons, participate in the Liturgy of the Hours.
Catholic Evening Prayers - For Rest, Peace & Protection
Jesus anticipates your every need and provides it exactly when you need it. That's why, even if you forgot to thank him earlier in the day, you should doso during your evening prayers.
Saying a few prayers before you go to bed will help you get used to the idea that you aren't alone in your struggles. Try reciting one of these night prayers before you go to sleep for a good night's sleep.
Rest assured, Lord, that no matter what happens, I will one day know my final rising — the resurrection — because Jesus Christ died for me and rose again for my justification as I drift off to sleep.I ask this in His name, Amen.
Will You, heavenly Father, who gives rest to His children, wash over me tonight, as I lay down to sleep, a peace that surpasses all understanding?
I beg of You to help me bear the weight of my burdens.I want to be a good mother, wife, and friend, but I know I won't be able to do that unless You give me the deep spiritual rest You desire to give me.Be kind, Lord, and grant Your child a peaceful night's sleep.
Amen, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
I can barely look at you, Father.The only thing I can do is beg for help.I ask for your forgiveness on this day.
Make it easier for me to see that you're there for me and that you're there for this.
Please remind me that today's events haven't caught you off guard.
Please pardon my trepidation about today.To all of you who have heard me complain about how difficult this day has been, I beg your forgiveness.I'm sorry for forgetting that you're here with me all the time.
Because of what your Son, Jesus Christ, has done, I've lost sight of who I really am.
Let me repent of the times I've forgotten what a wonderful treasure I've been given through the gospel.I beg you, God, to hear my cries.
During this difficult day, please give me a glimmer of the gospel.
Please help me to cling to your mercy, understanding, and stoutness in these trying times.
Dear Lord, my day is coming to an end and I am ready to get some shut-eye.But before I do, I'd like to express my gratitude to you for your steadfastness today.
Even if things don't go according to plan or the world appears to be in chaos, it's always a good day because you are in charge.
Thank you, God, for all the times I was aware of your help today, for all the times it seemed like your unseen presence was so close.
For all the times when heaven-sent angels intervened on my behalf in ways I'll never know, thank you, Lord, for all the ways you worked behind the scenes, unknown to me.
Rebecca Barlow Jordan
As a Christian, I long for those early moments in my faith when I felt a sense of closeness to you as well as a sense of joy and vigor. In the face of the daily grind, I admit that my passion for you has faded.
Confession: I am guilty of letting the cares of this world suffocate my response to the gospel's joy.Lord, help me to return to you. Take a look at me while I fix your gaze on mine.Please help me begin a new chapter in my life and my faith today.
Renew my soul and my life for you and your ways, please. The daily routines of life can be a time for submission, so help me see them that way.Thank you for being my Lord and Savior every day.Amen, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
Thanks for keeping me from falling apart today.You were there for me when I needed you. Thank you for being there for me.
I'm grateful for all the kindness, compassion, and generosity that have been extended to me despite the fact that I have done nothing to deserve it.For your faithfulness, even in the midst of my pain.The glory belongs solely to you.Amen.
I beg you, Jesus, to hear me.Make a special night of it by blessing this little lamb.
Please stay close by my side as I sleep through the night.
around 6 p.m.
Prayer for the Evening or Vespers ("at the lighting of the lamps", about 6 p.m.)Evening Prayer (also known as Compline) (before retiring, about 7 p.m.)
Jesus anticipates your every need and provides it exactly when you need it. That's why, even if you forgot to thank him earlier in the day, you should do so during your evening prayers.
Devout Jews were likely to pray throughout the day, but the practice of setting aside three times a day for ritual prayer developed during the Israelites' exile in Babylon and Persia (Psalm 5:3; 55:17; 119:62; 147).
It was true that Jerusalem's Temple had been destroyed, but despite this, the people of Jerusalem continued to pray every morning, noon, and night in observance of the times when animal sacrifices were once performed (see Daniel 6, particularly verse 10).prayer, putting God at the center of everything they do.
The Liturgy of the Hours, especially Morning and Evening Prayer, should be prayed by all members of the faithful.
There are many parishes in the United States that hold regular morning and evening masses.
During Evening Prayer, we give thanks to God for the previous day and make an evening offering of praise (see Psalm 141:1).