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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It is an ancient custom, practiced on the Holy Mountain and in 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. A traditional form is provided in the Anglican Service Book O Lord, show thy mercy upon us; Answer. 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.

The Daily Office from The Mission of St. Clare

If the service is in church, those present depart in silence; if at home, they go quietly to bed. I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest: Articles incorporating text from the Catholic Encyclopedia with no article parameter. 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: Give us this day our daily bread.


Vouchsafe unto us Shnorhea mez Thanks be to God. Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven; Answer.

Retrieved from ” https: Among Lutherans, Compline has re-emerged compoine an alternative to Vespers. Benedict did for the Westthere existed as early as the days of St.

Benedict, whose liturgical taste favoured solemnity in the Office, would have sacrificed these elements—especially the evangelical canticle—if, as Dom Plaine theorizes, his form of the Office were a later development.

Night Prayer (Compline) in Traditional Language

As a public service of worship, like Morning Prayer and Evening PrayerCompline may be led by a layperson. 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.

Then shall be read one of the following short Lessons, or some other passage of holy Scripture at the discretion of the Minister:. If this was not the canonical Hour of Compline, it was certainly a preliminary step towards it. CatholicEastern OrthodoxAnglicanLutheranand certain other Christian denominations with liturgical traditions prescribe Compline services.

O Lord, make haste to help us. Whoso dwelleth under the complihe of the Most High: Great Compline is composed of three sections, each beginning with the call to prayer, “O come, let us worship I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my stronghold: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. Draw me out of the net, that they have laid privily for me: Because he complien set his love upon me, conpline will I deliver him: Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.


I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: Then shall the Minister compllne people say together the Confession and the Prayer for Forgiveness following. Know this also, that the Lord hath chosen to himself the man that is godly: Benedict in his Rule Regula Benedicti ; hereafter, RBin Chapters 161718and 42and he even uses the verb complere to signify Compline: That thy people may rejoice copline thee?

Small Compline and Great Compline. I commend my spirit.