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Prayers

Prayers for Seafarers & Fishers and for those who care for the people of the sea

For all who go to sea
Bless, O Lord all who sail in ships
preserve them for yourself
bless all who serve them
and lead us all into your Kingdom
through Jesus Christ. Our Lord. Amen.

For seafarers
Lord, Ruler over waves and sea, keep your blessed hand over all seafarers. Give me the strength to lead a Christian life aboard our ship. I do not want to disappoint anyone who may expect help from me aboard. Keep my family at home in your care. Even when far away from them for long, let me always be attached to them. Help me and all seafarers to keep on the right course always, and to reach the safe port of heaven. Amen

On leaving port
Be with us, O Lord, on this voyage, to cheer us and keep us safe in all dangers. Let nothing afloat or on shore cut us off from you. May we please you in everything we do. Bless all on board, whatever their responsibility. Enable every man to do his duty. Help us to be good shipmates and bring us back again in safety to our homes, and those who long for our return, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Before going on watch
Loving Father I thank you taking care of me during these past hours and for the gift of refreshing sleep. Help me during the coming watch to love and serve you in work well done. Show me what is right and what I ought to do, and give me the will and strength to do it. I commit to your fatherly care all my family, relations and friends. Keep us in safety, though we are far apart. Unite us in loyalty and love to one another and to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily prayer
O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublesome life,
until the shadows lengthen and evening comes,
the busy world is still, the fever of life over, and our work done.
Then Lord, in your mercy, grant us a safe haven,
a holy rest, a peace at the last,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Evening prayer
Watch dear Lord,
over those who wake or work or weep tonight,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend the sick, O Lord Christ:
rest your weary ones;
bless your dying ones:
pity your afflicted ones;
shield your joyous ones.
And do all this for your love's sake. Amen

Prayer of generosity
Lord teach me to be generous,
teach me to serve you as you deserve to be served,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for any reward,
except to know that I am doing Your Holy will. Amen

A Husband's prayer
O God, who gave marriage for a blessing to mankind, bless my wife and me, and unite us in the bond of true Christian love. Help us both to resist all temptations to sin that would spoil our trust. Enable us to be loyal to each other during all our separations. Strengthen us to keep the vows we made when we were made man and wife, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

A Father's prayer
O Father of all, make me a good father to my family. Give my wife all the help she needs to bear the double burden when I am at sea. Let my leaves be times of happiness and opportunities for the renewal of love between each of us, my wife and me ad our children....(name the loved ones) As long as I go out to sea may it be my constant joy to return home to those whom you have given me for my own, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

A Seafarer's prayer
O God, I ask you to take me into your care and protection along with all those who sail in ships. Make me alert and wise in my duties. Make me faithful in the time of routine, and prompt to decide and courageous to act in any time of crisis. Protect me in the dangers and the perils of the sea; and even in the storm grant that there may be peace and calm within my heart. When I am far from home and far from loved ones and far from the country which I know, help me to be quite sure that, wherever I am, I can never drift beyond your love and care. Take care of my loved ones in the days and weeks and months when I am separated from them, some times with half the world between them and me. Keep me true to them and keep them true to me, and every time that we have to part, bring us together in safety and in loyalty again. This I ask for your love's sake. Amen.

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