October 31, 2021

A Reflective Prayer for All Hallows Eve, from the Church of England

Lord, tonight,
We will face all that most concerns us:
our fears, the shadowed places of the mind;
the coming of winter darkness;
the cold thin place between waking and sleep.
We call to mind the powerless, the lonely,
those who most fear the knock at the door;
all those deceived by the world’s empty promises;
all those cowed by menaces or threats.
We stand with those weak in body, mind or spirit
and those seduced by treats or hurt by tricks.
Lord, your light shines into every darkness.
You told us: pray ‘deliver us from evil’.
Your Spirit gives us hope, gives us courage,
a candle in the window unhurt by the wind. Amen.


Psalm 29

  Ascribe to the LORD, you gods, *
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his Name; *
worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
  The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; *
the LORD is upon the mighty waters.
  The voice of the LORD is a powerful voice; *
the voice of the LORD is a voice of splendor.
  The voice of the LORD breaks the cedar trees; *
the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
  He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
  The voice of the LORD splits the flames of fire; the voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; *
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
  The voice of the LORD makes the oak trees writhe *
and strips the forests bare.
  And in the temple of the LORD *
all are crying, “Glory!”
10   The LORD sits enthroned above the flood; *
the LORD sits enthroned as King for evermore.
11   The LORD shall give strength to his people; *
the LORD shall give his people the blessing of peace.

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