LET THE BLESSED VIRGIN WATCH OVER YOU WITH THIS NIGHT PRAYER
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed
art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
Glory be, to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
a world without end.
Night is falling dear mother, long day is over; Before thy image
I am kneeling once more to thank thee for keeping me safe
this day, to ask thee this night to keep evil away.
Many times have I fallen mother dear; Many graces neglected
since last I knelt here;
Wilt thou not in pity, my own mother mild, Ask Jesus to pardon
the sins of thy child?
I am going to sleep now, day’s work is done; Its hours and its
moments have passed one by one. God Who will judge me,
has counted them all; He has numbered each grace,
he has counted each fall;
In his book they are written against the last day.
Oh! mother ask Jesus to wash them away. For one drop of his
blood for sinners was spilt, Is sufficient to cleanse the
world of its guilt. And if ever the dawn I should draw
my last breath; The sleep I take be the long sleep of death;
Be near me mother for dear Jesus’ sake. When at eternity
shore my soul shall awake.