Keep Watch

Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD), best known by his works which formed the basis of the development of Western Christianity, philosophy, and most importantly, theology. Of late, his most notable prayer that I know is in The Book of Common Prayer, Compline, the last “Divine Office” of the day.

Paul Burkhart writes online: “In the Church tradition of the day, “Compline” is the word used to describe that twilight space at the completion of the day, between evening and morning. Prayers and devotions for Compline are usually meant to be done right before a person goes to sleep.”

St Augustine’s words seem especially apropos in this era of pandemic.

“Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who
sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless
the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the
joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

And Amen.

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