We are accustomed to blessings at the end of a Mass or a Service , or at
the beginning of something special such as a baptism or a wedding, or a journey.
Probably the best known blessings are in the Sermon on the Mount and the oldest is in the Book of Numbers.
Remember St Matthew’s account in chapter 5 of his Gospel when Jesus said blessed are the poor, the merciful, those who hunger for justice, those who mourn.. . . .and so on.

They are very attractive because they are so positive and hopeful, and they are short.
They also belong to Morning and Night Prayer and to Vespers.

Here is a setting  by Noel Donnelly and sung by Catriona Glen.
It is based on the Blessing of Aaron in the Book of Numbers – and it must be one of the oldest blessings in the book!

May the Lord bless and keep you,
making his face to shine upon you.
May the Lord bless and keep you safe
now and for ever.
Dwelling in peace, sheltered in love.
May the Lord bless and keep you safe.

Blessing ND org and 2 pts – Full Score

2

For the end of Morning or Evening Prayer

May the Lord bless us,
and keep us from all harm,
and may he lead us to eternal life.

sung by the St Mungo Singers

3

For the end of Night Prayer or Compline

May there almighty Lord grant us a quiet night
and a perfect end, a perfect end.  Amen.

sung by the St Mungo Singers

4

Lord, keep us safe this night,
secure from all our fears;
may angels guide us as we sleep
till morning light appear.  Amen

sung by the St Mungo Singers to a Beethoven tune.