The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.


Our help is in the name of the Lord

who made heaven and earth.


Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ.



O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.


Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.



Nicholas Ferrar, 1637

Born in London in 1592, Nicholas Ferrar was educated at Clare Hall (now Clare College), Cambridge, and elected a fellow there in 1610. From 1613, he travelled on the continent for five years, and on his return worked with the Virginia Company, and was briefly elected to parliament. In 1625, he moved to Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire, where he was joined by his brother and sister and their families and by his mother. They established together a community life of prayer, using the Book of Common Prayer, and a life of charitable works in the locality. He was ordained to the diaconate by William Laud the year after they arrived. He wrote to his niece in 1631, ‘I purpose and hope by God’s grace to be to you not as a master but as a partner and fellow student.’ This indicates the depth and feeling of the community life Nicholas and his family strove to maintain. Despite difficulties with the Puritans, who were suspicious and referred to them as the ‘Arminian Nunnery’, the community continued after the death of Nicholas on this day in 1637, until his brother John and sister Susanna died twenty years later. The memory of Nicholas Ferrar and his family has continued to inspire Christians to lives of prayer, service and community.



Psalm 26

Lord, I love the place where your glory abides.



Give judgement for me, O Lord,
for I have walked with integrity; ♦
I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.


Test me, O Lord, and try me; ♦
examine my heart and my mind.


For your love is before my eyes; ♦
I have walked in your truth.


I have not joined the company of the false, ♦
nor consorted with the deceitful. R

Lord, I love the place where your glory abides.


I hate the gathering of evildoers ♦
and I will not sit down with the wicked.


I will wash my hands in innocence, O Lord, ♦
that I may go about your altar,


To make heard the voice of thanksgiving ♦
and tell of all your wonderful deeds.


Lord, I love the house of your habitation ♦
and the place where your glory abides. R

Lord, I love the place where your glory abides.


Sweep me not away with sinners, ♦
nor my life with the bloodthirsty,


Whose hands are full of wicked schemes ♦
and their right hand full of bribes.


As for me, I will walk with integrity; ♦
redeem me, Lord, and be merciful to me.


My foot stands firm; ♦
in the great congregation I will bless the Lord.


Lord, I love the place where your glory abides.

Have mercy on us and redeem us, O Lord,
for our merits are your mercies
and in your judgement is our salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Scripture Reading

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you.’ And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, ‘See that no one knows of this.’ But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.

Matthew 9:27-31

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.


For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

I commend my spirit.


Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

Hide me under the shadow of your wings.


Gospel Canticle

The Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon) is said.


Come, O Lord, and visit us in peace;
that we may rejoice before you with a perfect heart.


Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: ♦

your word has been fulfilled.


My own eyes have seen the salvation ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;


A light to reveal you to the nations ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.


Luke 2.29-32


Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.


Come, O Lord, and visit us in peace;
that we may rejoice before you with a perfect heart.


Prayer of St Edmund of Abingdon


Lord, into your hands

and into the hands of your holy angels,

I entrust this day:

my life, my relatives, my benefactors,

my friends and my enemies,

and all your people.


Enlighten my heart with the grace of your Holy Spirit;

grant that I may ever be obedient to your commandments,

never let me be separated from you,

who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

God, now and for ever.


A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.


For the NHS

God of healing and compassion,
we thank you for the establishment of the National Health Service,
and for the dedication of all who work in it:
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who care for the sick,
and your wisdom to those engaged in medical research.
Strengthen all in their vocation through your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Everlasting God,
at this time we lift to you
those from all nations and backgrounds
who work on the front line in healthcare.
Give them skill and wisdom in their work.
Be their strength and their shield
as they give of themselves in the care of others.

The Collect

O Lord our God,
make us watchful and keep us faithful
as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;
that, when he shall appear,
he may not find us sleeping in sin
but active in his service
and joyful in his praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Lord’s Prayer may be said.


In peace we will lie down and sleep;

for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.


Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

for the night is at hand and the day is now past.


As the night watch looks for the morning,

so do we look for you, O Christ.


May the light of Christ, the King of all,

shine ever brighter in our hearts,

that with all the saints in light

we may shine forth as lights in the world.


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