Blessing at the Close of the Day

Sacred Space at St. Thomas

A spiritual practice to close the day:

At the end of the day, we are sometimes tired, worn out, and ready to sleep.  For many of us, our minds don’t turn off quite as quickly as our bodies may wish.  A spiritual practice of closing the day with prayer and reflection may offer us an opportunity to set aside the chaotic thoughts and align our body, mind, and spirit into rest.  In this prayer, “Vespers”, John O’Donohue blesses this closing time of day.  Read it quietly, either silently or out loud, as you close your waking day:

As light departs to let the earth be one with night,
Silence deepens in the mind, and thoughts grow slow;
The basket of twilight brims over with colors
Gathered from within the sacred meadows of the day
And offered like blessings to the gathering Tenebrae.

After the day’s frenzy, may the heart grow…

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