We invite you to pray with us for frontline caregivers. The liturgy is printed in this post so you can follow along and participate. See the dates above and click here to link to Trinity’s Facebook page to follow along LIVE with Deacon Matthew. 

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has brought into stark relief the courageous, ongoing, and whole-self sacrifice of frontline caregivers, those who care for the sick and their families in hospitals and the community.

The pandemic has multiplied the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual risks and stressors and is jeopardizing the health, and often the very lives of these dedicated caregivers.

The Diocese of Pennsylvania lay and clergy members have come together to address these realities. Our mission is to provide prayer and support for Frontline Caregivers.


The Office of the Night Watch

Late November 2020

Based on “The Night Offices” by Phyllis Tickle


The Call to Prayer


Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,*

You that stand by night in the house of the Lord.

Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord;*

The Lord who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.  -Psalm 134


O God make speed to save us,

O Lord make haste to help us.




The heavens declare the glory of God,*

            And the firmament shows his handiwork,

One day tells its tale to another,*

            And one night imparts knowledge to another  –Psalm 19: 1-2




But thou, O Lord, art enthroned for ever;
    thy name endures to all generations.


Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry come to thee!
Do not hide thy face from me
    in the day of my distress!
Incline thy ear to me;
    answer me speedily in the day when I call!

For my days pass away like smoke,
    and my bones burn like a furnace.
My heart is smitten like grass, and withered;
    I forget to eat my bread.
Because of my loud groaning
    my bones cleave to my flesh.
I am like a vulture[a] of the wilderness,
    like an owl of the waste places;
I lie awake,
    I am like a lonely bird on the housetop.
All the day my enemies taunt me,
    those who deride me use my name for a curse.
For I eat ashes like bread,
    and mingle tears with my drink,
10 because of thy indignation and anger;
    for thou hast taken me up and thrown me away.
11 My days are like an evening shadow;
    I wither away like grass.

12 But thou, O Lord, art enthroned for ever;
    thy name endures to all generations.
13 Thou wilt arise and have pity on Zion;
    it is the time to favor her;
    the appointed time has come.
14 For thy servants hold her stones dear,
    and have pity on her dust.
15 The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
    and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
16 For the Lord will build up Zion,
    he will appear in his glory;
17 he will regard the prayer of the destitute,
    and will not despise their supplication.

18 Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
    so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord:
19 that he looked down from his holy height,
    from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners,
    to set free those who were doomed to die;
21 that men may declare in Zion the name of the Lord,
    and in Jerusalem his praise,
22 when peoples gather together,
    and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.

23 He has broken my strength in midcourse;
    he has shortened my days.
24 “O my God,” I say, “take me not hence
    in the midst of my days,
thou whose years endure
    throughout all generations!”

25 Of old thou didst lay the foundation of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
26 They will perish, but thou dost endure;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
Thou changest them like raiment, and they pass away;
27     but thou art the same, and thy years have no end.
28 The children of thy servants shall dwell secure;
    their posterity shall be established before thee.

But thou, O Lord, art enthroned for ever;
    thy name endures to all generations.


A Reading from The Gospel according to John


 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jewish Temple Authority had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.  Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” -John 11:17-27


The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


<silence for reflection>


The Litany


For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, we pray to the Lord


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the Holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, we pray to you, O Lord.


Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.


For our communities, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, we pray to the Lord


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For seasonable weather, and for an abundance of the fruits of the Earth, and a heart to share them, we pray to the Lord


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it. We pray to the Lord.


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, we pray to the Lord.


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For the absolution and remission of our sins and offenses, we pray to the Lord.


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Defend us, deliver us, and in your compassion protect us, O Lord, by your grace.


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


At this time, in the night watches, we pray for all first responders, all healthcare workers, all patients suffering from Covid, for all social workers, and for all teachers.  We especially pray for





Coronovirus positive Staff 

Especially those who are expected to continue working (North Dakota) 



Family caregiver placing parent in assisted living



Nurse serving in an ICU



Caregiver in a North Carolina nursing home



Nurse on Covid floor in Manhattan



Nurse on a medsurg floor



Street minister 


Nursing Staff

5 Lenfest West

Abington Cardiovascular Unit


Patients with Covid and their family members 

The sick separated by Covid from family



Cop and Street Ministry to the homeless and addicted



Nursing Admin in NJ diagnosed w/ Covid-19

(Sister of DIOPA clergy)


Jim & Sallie

Married 60 yrs. He cares for her 24/7



Adjusting to personal care facility







Temple physician






An elder living alone, struggling with declining cognitive function, joint replacement failure;  resisting facility placement.



Daughter caring for Jacqueline; does not live with her mother



Nurse Manager in a nursing home in Illinois


For those who have died from Covid-19, for those who have died alone during this pandemic, and for those in grief they leave behind




For all who have commended themselves to our prayers, for our families, our friends, our neighbors, for else should we pray <silence>; that being freed from anxiety, they may live in joy, peace, and health, we pray to you, O Lord.


Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 


For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed. We pray to the Lord.


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer



Our Father, who art in heaven,

     hallowed be thy Name,

     thy kingdom come,

     thy will be done,

         on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

     as we forgive those

         who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

     but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

     and the power, and the glory,

     for ever and ever. Amen.


Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the
love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.


Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours

of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and

chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


O God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live

in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day,

who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never

forget that our common life depends upon each other’s toil;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Now guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep, we may rest in peace.


Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior whom you have prepared for all the world to see:  A Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.  Amen


Now guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep, we may rest in peace. Amen.


+The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless us and keep us.+ Amen.