prayers for protection and peace

Liturgical resources for protection and peace are available online at: Church of England Prayer and in the book Common Worship: Pastoral Services, published in 2000 by Church House Publishing for the Archbishops' Council. This book also contains valuable resources for the healing ministry.
Note with regard to the prayers for protection and peace.

The prayers may be used where it would be pastorally helpful to pray with those suffering from a sense of disturbance or unrest. These pastoral prayers may be used by any minister as appropriate.

An example of a prayer for a person or a group

Christ be with you: Christ within you;
Christ before you: Christ behind you;
Christ on your right: Christ on your left;
Christ above you: Christ beneath you;
Christ around you: now and ever.

Bind unto yourself the name,
the strong name of the Trinity;
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One and One in Three.
Of whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
praise the Lord of your salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.
Amen.

An example of a prayer for a place

Visit, Lord, we pray, this place
and drive far from it all the snares of the enemy.
Let your holy angels dwell here to keep us in peace,
and may your blessing be upon it evermore;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

A prayer for individuals to say before sleep

May the cross of the Son of God,
which is mightier than all the hosts of Satan
and more glorious than all the hosts of heaven,
abide with you in your going out and in your coming in.
By day and by night, at morning and at evening,
at all times and in all places may it protect and defend you.
From the wrath of evildoers, from the assaults of evil spirits,
from foes visible and invisible, from the snares of the devil,
from all passions that beguile the soul and body:
may it guard, protect and deliver you.
Amen.

Please note: the ministry of exorcism and deliverance may only be exercised by priests authorised by the bishop, who normally requires that permission be obtained from him for each specific exercise of such a ministry.

On occasions when exorcism and deliverance are administered, it is for the bishop to determine the nature of the rite and what form of words should be used (Archbishops' Council, 2000, Common Worship: Pastoral Services, London, Church House Publishing).

For the current House of Bishops' Guidelines for Good Practice in the Deliverance Ministry 1975 (revised 2012) go to: Bishops' Guidelines