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These are prayers to say immediately on waking; do not confuse them with Morning Prayers, which preferably should come from the Liturgy of the Hours.

After rising from sleep, before any other action, collect yourself before God, make the sign of the Cross, and say:

N THE NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Banish all darkness and evil from this house, O Lord, and protect me from the darkness and evil in the world around me.
    O God, I am so alone; be merciful to me a sinner.
    O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of the prayers of Thy most pure Mother and all the saints, have mercy on me. Amen.

Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.
    O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: come and dwell in me and cleanse me of all impurity; help me to close my personal openings to evil and save my soul, O Good One.
    Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on me.
    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on me. O Lord, blot out my sins. O Master, pardon my iniquities. O Holy One, visit and heal my infirmities for Thy name's sake. [Specify]
    Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)
    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father . . .

O Guardian Angel, be with me and protect me this day, and keep me safe in my love for God and in His love for me. Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary . . .

Full text available as a prayer card 

Adapted from traditional Russian Orthodox prayers and Catholic prayers.


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