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The Parish of Christchurch. Christchurch Priory, St George at Jumpers, St John at Purewell

Compline

Last updated Thursday, 21 May, 2020

Night Prayer (Compline) for Ascension to Pentecost

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 before rest at the end of the day. It is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without additions, conversation or noise. If there is an address, or business to be done, it should come first. If the service is in church, those present depart in silence; if at home, they go quietly to bed.

Preparation

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

-  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

-  who made heaven and earth.

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

 

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.

-  O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

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 following hymn may be sung

Before the ending of the day,

Creator of the world, we pray

That you, with steadfast love, would keep

Your watch around us while we sleep.

 

From evil dreams defend our sight,

From fears and terrors of the night;

Tread underfoot our deadly foe

That we no sinful thought may know.

 

O Father, that we ask be done

Through Jesus Christ, your only Son;

And Holy Spirit, by whose breath

Our souls are raised to life from death.

 

The Word of God

Psalm 86

1 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.

2 Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.

3 You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all day long.

4 Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.

6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my cry of supplication.

7 In the day of my trouble I call on you,
    for you will answer me.

8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.

9 All the nations you have made shall come
    and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.

10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth;
    give me an undivided heart to revere your name.

12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name for ever.

13 For great is your steadfast love towards me;
    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, the insolent rise up against me;
    a band of ruffians seeks my life, and they do not set you before them.

15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to your servant; save the child of your serving-maid.

17 Show me a sign of your favour, so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
    because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

 

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

I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. The old shall dream dreams and the young shall see visions.

Joel 2.28

The following responsory may be said

 

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

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

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

-  I commend my spirit.

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

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

 

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

- Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

 

Gospel Canticle

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

 

Alleluia. The Holy Spirit, the Advocate, alleluia,

shall teach you all things. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

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.

 

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 Holy Spirit, the Advocate, alleluia,

shall teach you all things. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.

 

The Collect

Silence may be kept.

Come, O Spirit of God,

and make within us your dwelling place and home.

May our darkness be dispelled by your light,

and our troubles calmed by your peace;

may all evil be redeemed by your love,

all pain transformed through the suffering of Christ,

and all dying glorified in his risen life.

Amen

 

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.

Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer may be said.

 

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

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

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

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

As the night watch looks for the morning,

-  so do we look for you, O Christ.

 

May the Holy Spirit of God bless and sanctify us

so that we may be consecrated in the truth.

Amen.