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Shield the Joyous

Dear L___,

I thought of the following prayer last Sunday in church, watching the bell choir, and noticed your son S___ at the end of the song holding his bell aloft and turning it for the best ring sound. He  seemed to be filled with joy.
I was reminded of a prayer.

My sister first heard the prayer in her Episcopal church, where it is said in the final prayer service of the day — the Compline.

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I have learned that it was one of the prayers of Saint Augustine. The thing that struck her was one phrase above all the others —  — that God should “shield the joyous”.

Keep watch dear Lord with those who work, or watch, or weep this night,
and give your angels charge over
those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ;
give rest to the weary, bless the dying,
soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted,
shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake.

I will think of God shielding S___’s joy whenever I remember the prayer.

Your friend,

G___

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