Speak, for your servant is listening.

Samuel, 1 Samuel 3:10 nrsv

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14 nrsv

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Psalm 27:14 nrsv

O send out your light and your truth;

let them lead me;

let them bring me to your holy hill

and to your dwelling.

Psalm 43:3 nrsv

O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.

Psalm 69:5 nrsv

Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.

O Lord, make haste to help me!

Psalm 70:1 nrsv

Will you not revive us again,

so that your people may rejoice in you?

Psalm 85:6 nrsv

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and all that is within me,

bless his holy name.

Psalm 103:1 nrsv

Lord, save me!

Peter, Matthew 14:30 nrsv

Lord, help me.

A Canaanite woman, Matthew 15:25 nrsv

I believe, help my unbelief!

Father of boy possessed by an unclean spirit, Mark 9:24 nrsv

Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.

Mary, Luke 1:38 nrsv

God, be merciful to me, a sinner!

Praying tax-collector, Luke 18:13 nrsv

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

Penitent dying thief, Luke 23.42

My Lord and my God!

Thomas, John 20:28 nrsv

Come, Lord Jesus!

Revelation 22.20

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

Revelation 22:20 nrsv

Prayers, Blessings

People were bringing little children to him [Jesus] in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

The Bible, Mark 10.13-16 nrsv

May God the Father bless us, may Christ take care of us; the Holy Spirit enlighten us all the days of our life. The Lord our defender and keeper of body and soul, both now and for ever, to the ages of ages.


The everlasting Father bless us with his blessing everlasting.

The Primer, 1559

God bless all those that I love;

God bless all those that love me.

God bless all those that love those that I love

And all those that love those that love me.

From an old New England sampler

To the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us, with the Father who made and created us, and the Son who redeemed us, be given all honour and glory, world without end.

Thomas Cranmer

Bless all who worship thee,

From the rising of the sun

Unto the going down of the same.

Of thy goodness, give us;

With thy love, inspire us;

By thy spirit, guide us;

By thy power, protect us;

In thy mercy, receive us,

Now and always.

Fifth century

Unto God’s gracious mercy and protection we commit you. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

The Aaronic blessing, Numbers 6.24–26

May the grace of Christ our Saviour,

And the Father’s boundless love,

With the Holy Spirit’s favour,

Rest upon us from above.

John Newton

Son of God, Lord Jesus Christ, crucified on a cross for us and raised up from the grave, to you we pray. Receive us into your eternal church and keep us always. In the light of your Word, with your Holy Spirit, guide us.

Philip Melanchthon

May God, the Lord, bless us with all heavenly benediction, and make us pure and holy in his sight.

May the riches of his glory abound in us.

May he instruct us with the word of truth, inform us with the gospel of salvation and enrich us with his love, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Gelasian Sacramentary

The grace of God the Father and the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, dwell with us for ever.

John Calvin

May the eternal God bless and keep us, guard our bodies, save our souls, direct our thoughts, and bring us safe to the heavenly country, our eternal home, where Father, Son and Holy Spirit ever reign, one God for ever and ever.

Sarum Breviary

The almighty God, Father of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, mercifully protect you, strengthen you, and guide you.

Philip Melanchthon

May the love of the Lord Jesus draw us to himself;

may the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen us in his service;

may the joy of the Lord Jesus fill our souls.

May the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

After William Temple

The great Bishop of our souls, Jesus our Lord, so strengthen and assist your troubled hearts with the mighty comfort of the Holy Spirit, that neither earthly tyrants, nor worldly torments, may have power to drive you from the hope and expectation of that kingdom, which for the elect was prepared from the beginning, by our heavenly Father, to whom be all praise and honour, now and ever.

John Knox

Go forth into the world in peace;

be of good courage;

hold fast that which is good;

render to no man evil for evil;

strengthen the fainthearted;

support the weak;

help the afflicted;

honour all men;

love and serve the Lord,

rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be upon you, and remain with you for ever.

The Proposed Prayer Book, 1928

May the almighty God, Father of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who through his gospel is gathering an eternal church among men and women, strengthen you in body and soul, and graciously keep and guide you, world without end.

Philip Melanchthon

May the Almighty Lord, who bore the reproach of the cross, bless all this family present here. Amen.

May he, who hung on the tree, himself lead us to the heavenly kingdom. Amen.

May he place us at the right hand of the Father, who was made the cause of our peace. Amen.

Through the mercy of our God, who is blessed and reigns, and governs all things, world without end.

Mozarabic Breviary

The blessing of the Lord rest and remain upon all his people,

in every land and of every tongue;

the Lord meet in mercy all who seek him;

the Lord comfort all who suffer and mourn;

the Lord hasten his coming,

and give us his people peace by all means.

Handley Moule

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always.

The Book of Common Prayer, The Order for Holy Communion

God the Father bless me;

Jesus Christ defend and keep me;

the power of the Holy Spirit enlighten me and sanctify me,

this night and for ever.

The Treasury of Devotion

The mighty God of Jacob be with you to defeat his enemies, and give you the favour of Joseph.

The wisdom and spirit of Stephen be with your heart and with your mouth, and teach your lips what to say, and how to answer all things.

He is our God, if we despair in ourselves and trust in him; and his is the glory.

William Tyndale

The Lord bless you and keep you.

May he show his face to you and have mercy on you.

May he turn his countenance to you and give you peace.

The Lord bless you, Brother Leo.

Francis of Assisi

Francis’ blessing to Brother Leo, which Brother Leo always carried with him.

Blessing and honour, thanksgiving and praise

more than we can utter unto thee,

O most adorable Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost,

by all angels, all men, all creatures

for ever and ever. Amen and Amen.

Thomas Ken

May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, rest on us and on all our work and worship done in his name. May he give us light to guide us, courage to support us, and love to unite us, now and for evermore.

Author unknown

Go in peace; and may the blessing of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit rest on you and remain with you, this day (night) and for evermore.

Author unknown

May the road rise to meet you,

may the wind be always at your back,

may the sun shine warm upon your face,

may the rain fall softly on your fields,

may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Traditional Gaelic prayer

May the love of the Father enfold us,

the wisdom of the Son enlighten us,

the fire of the Spirit inflame us;

and may the blessing of the triune God rest on us,

and abide with us,

now and evermore.

Author unknown