April 7, 2020

Order for Compline

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An Order for Night Prayer (Compline) 

              

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

 

O God, make speed to save us.

 

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

 

 

The Word of God

 

{A Psalm is now followed by Scripture}

Psalm 4

1    Answer me when I call, O God of my    righteousness;  ♦

you set me at liberty when I was in trouble;

have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2    How long will you nobles dishonour my glory;  ♦

how long will you love vain things and seek after    falsehood?

3    But know that the Lord has shown me his  marvellous kindness;  ♦

when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4    Stand in awe, and sin not;  ♦

commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.

5    Offer the sacrifices of righteousness  ♦

and put your trust in the Lord.

6    There are many that say, ‘Who will show us any  good?’  ♦

Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.

7    You have put gladness in my heart,  ♦

more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.

8    In peace I will lie down and sleep,  ♦

for it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in

safety.

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

Scripture Reading

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, seeking

for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in the faith.

1 Peter 5.8, 9

The following responsory may be said

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

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

All  Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every

people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers {Prayers for the past day & the night are said}

The Collect

Lighten our darkness,

Lord, we pray,

and in your great mercy

defend us from all perils and dangers of this night,

for the love of your only Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Silence may be kept.

 

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,

and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;

may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in

peace,

and may your blessing be always upon us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All  Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

The Lord bless us and watch over us;

the Lord make his face shine upon us and be

gracious to us;

the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.

All  Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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