Night Prayer (Compline) ↑. Structure. Preparation. The minister asks a blessing on the life of all God’s holy people. Authorized Prayers of Penitence may be. COMPLINE. This Service may be used when Evening Prayer has been previously said. All standing up, the Minister shall say: THE Lord Almighty grant us a. The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘ completion’ (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection.

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Night Prayer (Compline) in Traditional Language

Small Compline is served on most nights of the year i. Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night: In Eastertide in place of this Anthem may be ckmpline or sung: In some traditions, most notably among the RussiansEvening Prayers i. Look down, O Lord, from thy heavenly throne, illuminate the darkness of this night with thy celestial brightness, and from the children of light banish the deeds of darkness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For other uses, see Compline disambiguation. Christ, have mercy upon us. These are two distinct services of communal worship.

An Order for Compline

By way of liturgical variety, the service of initium noctis may also be studied in the Celtic Liturgysuch as it is read in the Antiphonary of Bangorits plan being set forth by Warren and by Bishop see Bibliographybelow. If this was not the canonical Hour of Compline, it was certainly a preliminary step towards it.


Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the Most High: Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: Monday, 31 December Silvester, Bishop of Rome, The Rest Hour Armenian: A fourth psalm was added, ” In te Domine speravi ” Psalm 30 in Vulgate.

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: LOOK down, O Lord, from thy heavenly throne, illuminate the darkness of this night with thy celestial brightness, and from the sons of light banish the deeds of darkness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow. It is generally thought that the Benedictine form of Compline is the earliest western order, although some scholars, such as Dom Plaine, have maintained that the Hour of Compline as found in the Roman Breviary at his time, antedated the Benedictine Office. Keep us as the apple of an eye; Answer. The Almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, bless and preserve us this night and for evermore.

And with thy spirit.

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Take my yoke bc; you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

This page was last edited on 20 Decemberat I will bc; me down in peace, and take my rest: Services to saints in the Menaion that for various reasons cannot be celebrated on the day assigned to them, may be chanted on the nearest convenient day at Compline.

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Then shall be said or sung one or more of the following Psalms: Compline tends to be a contemplative Office that emphasizes spiritual peace.

Benedictin the beginning of the 6th century.

Matins nighttime Lauds early morning Prime first hour of daylight Terce third hour Sext noon Nones ninth hour Vespers sunset evening Compline end of the day. In the past, general opinion ascribed the origin of this Hour to St.

This Office, or the part which follows the Apostles’ Creed, is suitable for use at evening devotions at home. For he shall give his comoline charge over thee: Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. An Order for Compline. On non-fasting days the service ends here with: Please bvp a moment to write to us: The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used.

Hide us under the shadow of thy wings. O LORD Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who at this evening hour didst rest in the sepulchre, and didst thereby sanctify the grave to be a bed of hope to thy people: A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand: Quite similar to Anglican use, in some Lutheran Churches Compline may be conducted by a layperson.

Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven; To be praised and complnie above all for ever.