As the magpies begin their pre-dawn song:

We commend to thy Fatherly goodness …. those afflicted or distressed, in mind or body; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them, according to their necessities; giving them patience under their suffering, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions.

Lighten their darkness, we beseech thee O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend them from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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