The Insomnia Rosary

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I’m not sure about you, but quite often when my mind is working at 100 km/h I find it hard to put the brakes on and get to sleep. I have a very overactive mind and it is always willing to find new things to do and think about; most often from about 11pm at night onwards. I find that one thing that can often help is if I lie in bed reciting prayer on my Rosary. If I catch my mind wondering I just gently bring myself back the prayers I was saying.

If I’m really tired, but my brain refuses to slow down and let me sleep I often find the rosary can be very effective in competing for the energy my brain is using and take it away from the thousands of ideas per second coming into my mind and replace it with the more gentle and quieter prayers of the rosary. The net effect is I often do find that the tiredness is able to take over the rampant energy of my brain and I falls off to sleep without going throug the whole pattern of the rosary.

During a workshop a few years ago one of the participants experienced that dreaded night of insomnia where we lie awake wanting to sleep the but brain doesn’t want to play the game. He wrote the following prayers he titled the Insomnia rosary during such an experience.

The Insomnia Rosary

The Cross

+ The peace of all peace be mine this night
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The Invitatory

I will lie down and sleep in peace,
For you alone, O Lord,
Make me dwell in safety.


Let all the tumult within me cease
Enfold me Lord in Your peace.

1st Septet

Circle me Lord; keep peace within; keep evil out

2nd Septet

Hide me in the shadow of your wings, O Lord.

3rd Septet

I love you, O Lord, my Light and my Strength.

4th Septet

Into Your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

The Invitatory

Save us, Lord, while we are awake,
Guard us while we are asleep,
That awake we may watch with Christ
And asleep may rest in His peace.

The Cross

+The peace of all peace be mine this night
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tim Macnaught
St John’s, Canberra
3 Sept 2006 at 3am

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