TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN AND OTHER SAINTS
To thy maternal faithfulness and to thy special care, O most blessed Virgin Mary, I commend myself this night, beseeching thee to protect me from all the snares of the enemy. O my beloved Angel guardian, and thou, holy Saints, my patrons, defend me and keep me in safety through this night. Praise my God for me without ceasing while I sleep ,and deign to bestow on me thy blessing in answer to my humble prayer. Amen.
INTENTION BEFORE SLEEP
Taught to St. Gertrude by our Lord.
O LORD JESUS, I accept this sleep in the love with which Thou didst sanctify it when Thou didst deign to sleep in Thy most sacred Humanity, to the glory of God the Father, and for the salvation of all the whole human race; beseeching Thee that, in union with Thy Divine Love, it may tend to the increase in grace and glory of all Thine elect, in Heaven, on earth, and in Purgatory. Amen.
Before you lie down to sleep, trace on your forehead these four letters, I. N. R. I., saying:
MAY Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, preserve me from sudden and unprepared
Our Lord revealed to St. Edmund that those who use this prayer shall be preserved from sudden death in the night.
On one occasion when St. Gertrude could not sleep, she learned this prayer from Christ Himself.
By Thine Own eternal and unruffled repose in the bosom of God the Father, by Thy most
peaceful rest in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, by the most ecstatic rapture with which Thou didst ever take thy delight in the hearts of those who love Thee, I beseech Thee, O most loving Lord, deign to grant me needful sleep, not for my pleasure or advantage, but that the weary members of my body may be refreshed to labour for Thine eternal praise and glory. Amen.