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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Brethren, be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: O ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour: Know this also, that the Lord hath chosen to himself the man that is godly: I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest: In thee, O Lord, have I put my trust: For thou art my strong rock, and my castle: Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the Most High: He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers: For the pestilence that walketh in darkness: A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand: Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder: Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him up, because he hath known my Name.
He shall call upon me, and I will hear him: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
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. Before the ending of the day, Creator of the world, we pray That thou with wonted love wouldst keep Thy watch around us while we sleep.
O let no evil dreams be near, Or phantoms of the night appear; Our ghostly enemy restrain, Lest aught of sin our bodies stain.
Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace. I believe in God the Father Xompline, Maker of heaven and earth: Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven.
An Order for Compline
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Blessed art thou, Lord God of our fathers; To be praised and glorified above all for ever.
Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven; To be praised and glorified above all for ever. Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us.
Almighty God, have mercy upon us, Forgive us all our sins, Deliver us from all evil, Confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, And bring us to life everlasting; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins, time comlline amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us; That thy people may rejoice in thee?
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin; O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
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. Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we, who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may repose upon thy eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Look down, O Lord, from thy heavenly throne, illuminate the darkness of this night with thy celestial brightness, and from the children of light banish the deeds of darkness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, who at this evening hour didst rest in bc sepulchre, and didst thereby sanctify the grave to be a bed of hope to thy people: Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, this place our homes ,and drive away all the snares of the enemy; let thy complibe angels dwell herein therein to preserve us in peace; and may thy blessing be upon us evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Prayer Book Society of Canada » An Order for Compline
We will lay us down in peace and take our rest; For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety. The Almighty and merciful Lord, bcpp Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, bless and preserve us this night and for evermore.
This Office, or the part which follows the Apostles’ Creed, is suitable for use at evening devotions at home.