Archbishop proposes an infallible prayer to fall asleep at night

Jasjot Singh

The Archbishop of Baltimore (United States) and chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, Msgr. William Edward Lori, assured that the Church “has solved” “a long time ago” the problems of sleeping at night and for this it has an “official prayer ”.

In an article titled “How to End the Day” published on the website of the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest lay organization, Msgr. Lori listed a series of ideas that come to mind at night, keeping him from sleep.

“What horrible condition will I be in the next day if I can’t get a little sleep,” thought the Archbishop.

Archbishop Lori pointed out that “the Church, in fact, has solved all this a long time ago and has an official prayer to end the day.”

“The Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office or Breviary, marks the hours of the day with prayer: morning, noon, afternoon and night,” he said, stressing that “bishops, priests and deacons are obliged to pray it, but we are all encouraged to pray it as well.”

The last prayer of the day, he recalled, is called “Complete”, and “it is a way of making our day complete”.

“This prayer consists of an examination of conscience, a hymn in which we ask God to be with us during the night, a psalm that talks about remembering God and his mercy even at night, and then the main course: Simeon’s Canticle”.

The Archbishop of Baltimore recalled that “in the beautiful scene in the Gospel of Saint Luke where Mary and Joseph, in accordance with the Law of God, take the Child Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem to dedicate him to the Lord, they meet a layman named Simeon ”.

Simeon, he noted, was “a man of prayer” who awaited the arrival of the Messiah, and “whose heart was full of hope in all that God had promised.”

“When Simeon took the Child Jesus in his arms, his eyes of faith were opened and he knew that he was holding the long-awaited Savior.”

“Filled with the Holy Spirit,” the Prelate said, Simeon “pronounced this canticle, which forms the central part of the Church’s evening prayer: ‘Now, Lord, according to your promise, you may let your servant go in peace. For my eyes have seen your Savior, whom you have presented before all peoples: a light to enlighten the nations and glory to your people Israel.

“What a beautiful prayer to offer when the work of each day comes to an end! Instead of ruminating on my worries or reliving some setback the day has brought, I find that when I truly focus on the meaning of this chant, I am better able to put the entire day into its proper perspective,” he noted.

“If I follow Simeon’s lead, when each day comes to an end I don’t need to avoid my worries or hurtsNor do I have to reassure them with artificial happiness or self-induced positive thoughts. Rather, all I need is to entrust the whole package – all my strengths and weaknesses, along with the events of the day – to the Lord Jesus, who is present to me as He was to Simeon.”

Archbishop Lori also highlighted that “in that moment of trust and love, I can also serenely examine my conscience”.

To read the full text (in English) of Msgr. William Edward Lori’s article HERE.

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