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Compline - 10th February 2021

An Alternative Order: The Office of Compline (1992)


The early Christians took over from the Jews the practice of offering prayer at fixed hours of the day. By the end of the fifth century the work of Saint Benedict had formalised the structure of seven ‘Day Hours’ and a ‘Night Office.’ The last of the ‘Day Hours’ - Compline - was absorbed into Evening Prayer by Archbishop Cranmer, but Anglican spirituality has consistently shown signs of a need for an act of worship before retiring for the night. This need, together with the need for a simple service which might be used in connection with retreats, or courses of sermons in Lent, led to the provision of an order for Compline in the 1928 Prayer Book.

This order for Compline, compiled by Bishop R.D. Silk, uses the traditional material and takes account of developments in the Roman Catholic Church and the Episcopal Church of the United States of America.


The Preparation


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

Amen.


Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.

1 Peter 5. 8



1 To you before the end of day,

Creator of the world, we pray:

In love unfailing hear our prayer,

Enfold us in your watchful care.


2 Keep all disturbing dreams away,

And hold the evil foe at bay.

Repose untroubled let us find

For soul and body, heart and mind.


3 Almighty Father, this accord

Through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord:

Who reigns with you eternally

In your blest Spirit's unity. Amen.


Let us confess our sins to Almighty God:


Silence


Most merciful God,

we have sinned in thought and word and deed:

we are truly sorry and we ask you to forgive.

Help us by your Spirit

to live the new life in Christ,

loving you with all our heart,

and our neighbours as ourselves;

for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.


Almighty God have mercy upon us,

forgive us our sins,

and keep us in life eternal.

Amen.

Psalm


O Lord, open our lips;

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Let us worship the Lord.

All praise to his Name.

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.



Psalm 4

1 Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause;

you set me free when I am hard-pressed;

have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2 ‘You mortals, how long will you dishonour my glory;

how long will you worship dumb idols

and run after false gods?’

3 Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful;

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

4 Tremble, then, and do not sin;

speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

5 Offer the appointed sacrifices

and put your trust in the Lord.

6 Many are saying,

‘O that we might see better times!’

Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.

7 You have put gladness in my heart,

more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

8 I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep;

for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

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.



The Word




Lord, you are in our midst, we are called by your name.

Do not desert us, O Lord our God. Jeremiah 14. 9


Silence


Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

Thanks be to God.



Into your hands, O Lord, I commit my spirit

Into your hands, O Lord, I commit my spirit

You will redeem me, O Lord God of truth.

I commit my spirit

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Into your hands, O Lord, I commit my spirit



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. (Alleluia).


1 Lord you now have set your servant free

to go in peace as your have promised.

2 For these eyes of mine have seen the Saviour

whom you have prepared for all the world to see;

3 a light to reveal you to the nations,

and the glory of your people Israel.

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.


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. (Alleluia).




I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.



The Prayers


Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.


Let us pray with confidence As our Saviour taught us,

to the Father: we boldly pray:


Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day

our daily bread.

as we forgive those

And lead us not

into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.


Bless the Lord, the God of our fathers;

sing his praise, and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit:

sing his praise, and exalt him for ever.

Bless him in the heights of heaven;

sing his praise, and exalt him for ever.

The almighty and most merciful Lord guard us and give us his blessing.

Amen.

Will you not give us life again, O Lord

that your people may rejoice in you?

Show us your mercy, O Lord,

and grant us your salvation.

Keep us tonight, Lord, from all sin.

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, hear our prayer,

for we put our trust in you.


The Collect


Visit this house, we pray you, Lord; drive far from it all 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. Amen.


Be with us, merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night; that we, who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may rest upon your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Lord is here:

His Spirit is with us.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve us.

Amen.







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