Most Merciful God, we place ourselves before You and your throne, thankful for your care through the night watches. One day has told its tale to another, and we arise ready to bear your banner into the world.
Drive far from us all sinful desires and purify our intentions, O Holy One, that we may live out our love for You anew. May our words and deeds testify to your glory, grace, and mercy: use our hands to do your will in the world. Strengthen us and uplift us, that we are made a holy people, unified by our love for You and each other.
Spread your love like a healing balm over those whom we now name, and bless them as we remember them throughout the day.