New Year’s Eve: A Litany


For resolutions unresolved, promises forgotten, commitments that crumbled, God forgive me.


From the long darkness save me; from coldness of heart deliver me.


For those who hunger, for those who thirst, may we who fast from overindulgence, overabundance, pray in penitence and sorrow.


Rise within us, renew our hearts, bring us to new life in your resurrection; make clean my heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.


From the rising of the sun until its going down, the Lord’s name be praised.


For the beauty of the earth, for the warmth of the sun, for the soothing sighs of the ocean, the waters of the deep, I give you thanks.


For those in peril on the sea, we pray.


Bless, O Lord, all schools, colleges and institutes of learning; keep them in your care, enlighten them with true understanding, let kindness be their regulations and peace their ruler.


Be our refuge, our strong rock, our safe harbour in any kind of stormy weather, God of the winds and waves.


Guide the leaders of the nations of the world, that they may enact just laws and govern with equity and lead us into paths of peace.


May the souls of the departed rest in peace, and rise in glory.


As your light shines in the darkness, so let it guide our hearts and minds so that all of our doings may be ordered by your governance, to do always what is righteous in your sight, to the honour and glory of your name. Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep, we may rest in peace.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020). She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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