Bedtime Prayer Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless this bed that I lay on. Before I lay me down to sleep, I give my soul to Christ to keep. Four corners to my bed, Four angels 'round my head, One to watch, one to pray, And two to bear my soul away. I go by sea, I go by land, The Lord made me with his right hand, If any danger come to me, Sweet Jesus Christ, deliver me.
For he's the branch and I'm the flower, Pray God send me a happy hour, And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. The comparison I made is between Night Chant and Bedtime Prayer, both prayers had an invocation, and an supplication. Night Chant's invocation was in the lines 1-19 and Bedtime Prayer was in the first stanza. Night Chant's supplication was throughout the whole prayer, and Bedtime Prayer was in the third stanza and in the last two lines in the last stanza. Both prayers had major differences in them, Night Chant being a healing prayer for the purpose to heal to those that are sick, and Bedtime Prayer is a submission prayer before you go to sleep and the purpose is if something happen while your sleeping you are asking for the lord to take my soul to heaven. Night chant is only performed in the fall or winter and for 9 days, and Bedtime prayer is recited every night before you go to sleep.
Night Chant is preformed by a medicine man and bedtime prayer is recited by anyone of the Christian faith. Night Chant's background is a Navajo ceremony which is attended by a large audience and must be booked two years in advance. Bedtime Prayer's is throughout Christian religion which I personally as a child learned through my Baptist church, and speaking to others with the same religion have learned the same prayer and is only preformed before going to bed.