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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For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Lord, have mercy upon us. Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us. Benedict in his Rule Regula Benedicti ; hereafter, Complibein Chapters 161718and 42and he even uses the verb complere to signify Compline: The word was first used in this sense about the beginning of the 6th century by St.

This Service may be used when Evening Prayer has been previously said. We will lay us down in peace and take our rest; For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. In thee, O Lord, have I put my trust: Make us so to abound in sorrow for our sins, which were the cause of thy passion, that when our bodies lie in the dust, our souls may live with thee; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.


Then shall be read one of the following short Lessons, or some other passage of holy Scripture at the discretion of the Minister:. The two versions are quite different in length.

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used. Ecclesiastical Latin Latin Mass. It seeks to foster a rediscovery of the classical Anglican way of worship, devotion and reading of Scripture, as embodied in the Book of Common Prayer.

Compline – Wikipedia

There are authorised alternatives for the days bccp the week and the seasons of the Christian year. Compline tends to be a contemplative Office that emphasizes spiritual peace.

Monday, 31 December Silvester, Bishop of Rome, Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: BE present, O merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we who are cmpline by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may repose upon thy eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. The Office always ends with a mutual asking of forgiveness.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow. In such cases, the Canon for the Saint would be read together with the Canon to the Compilnefollowed by the Stichera to the saint from Vespers. Benedictin the beginning of the 6th century.

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the Most High: Amen ; Psalm Look down, O Lord, from thy heavenly throne, illuminate the darkness of this night with thy celestial brightness, comppline from the children of light banish the deeds of darkness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Among Lutherans, Compline has re-emerged as an alternative to Vespers. Then shall the Minister and people say together the Confession and the Bcpp for Forgiveness following. It is an ancient custom, practiced on the Holy Mountain and cmpline other monasteries, for everyone present at the end of Compline to venerate the relics and icons in the church, and receive the priest’s blessing.


I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us; That thy people may rejoice in thee? Evening Chant varies ; Acclamation: Cyprian and Clement of Alexandria the custom of reciting a prayer before sleep, in which practice we find the most remote origin of our Compline.

And compliine thy spirit.

An Order for Compline

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. If the Song of Steps is recited: Pachomiuswhich would mean that it originated still earlier in the 4th century. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin; O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

He shall call upon me, and I will hear him: The Almighty and most merciful Lord guard us and give us his blessing. I commend my spirit. Let us bless the Lord; Answer.

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: To be praised and glorified above all for ever.

These are two distinct services of communal worship. Views Read Complone View history. Interested in becoming a member of the PBSC? These texts bear witness to the private custom of saying a prayer before retiring to rest. The Rest Hour Armenian: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.