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In time of stress.
In this hour of trial and peril
I lift up mine eyes unto Thee, O Father.
Into Thy hand I commend my spirit,
and with my spirit my body also.
Thou art with me, I cannot fear.
I am surrounded by danger,
and my heart beats fast within me,
but my soul is filled with Thy presence.
Thou are very near to me.
Father, give me courage.
Come to me.
Thy presence fortifies me,
for I know that Thou art my God;
as it is said, “Thou shalt not be afraid
of the terror by night,
nor of the arrow that flyeth by day.”
In Thee, O Lord,
I place my trust.
I do not fear.
Basil L.Q. Henriques’s prayer “In time of stress” was first published in The Fratres Book of Prayer for the Oxford and St. George’s Synagogue Jewish Lads Club in 1916, and later reprinted in the Prayer Book of the St. George’s Settlement Synagogue (1929), “Special Prayers” section, pages 97-98.
“[Prayer] in Time of Stress, by Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques (1916)” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.