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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CatholicEastern OrthodoxAnglicanLutheranand certain other Christian denominations with liturgical traditions prescribe Com;line services. Then shall the Minister and people say together the Confession and the Prayer for Forgiveness following.

There are authorised alternatives for the days of the week and the seasons of the Christian year. 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 traditional form is provided in the Anglican Service Book 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.

Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Keep us as the apple of an eye; Answer. The Rest Hour Armenian: Praise ye the Lord; Answer.

O Lord, show thy mercy upon us; Answer. And perhaps at a fairly late date was added the solemn introduction of a benediction with a reading based perhaps on the spiritual reading which, in the Rule of St. Ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord: Ephraim is said with prostrations.


O ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour: Saint Benedict first gave the Office the basic structure by which it has come to be celebrated in the West: 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.

Ambroseand also in John Cassian.

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Sacramentsritesand liturgies of the Catholic Church. 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. This Office, or the part which follows the Apostles’ Creed, is suitable for use at evening devotions at home.

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace: O Lord, hear our prayer; Answer.

Bxp ; Glory to the Father The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘completion’ completorium. Small Compline and Great Compline. Gregory of Narek; Prayer: A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow. In many monasteries it is the custom to begin the “Great Silence” after Compline, during which the whole community, including guests, observes silence throughout the night until the morning service the next day.


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, compilne the Benedictine Office.


May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Blessed art thou, Lord God of our fathers; Answer.

An Order for Compline

After this, there is a Litany and the veneration of Icons ncp relics. The Hour of Compline, such as it appeared in the Roman Breviary prior to the Second Vatican Council, may be divided into several parts, viz. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, Fompline we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. We will lay us down in peace and take our rest; For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.

It may be considered communal worship before sleep. He shall call upon me, and I will hear him: It is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without additions, conversation or noise. Great Compline is composed of three sections, each beginning bdp the call to prayer, “O come, let us worship