Service of Prayer for Healing

Service of Compline

for the Feast of Michaelmas

broadcast on Monday 5 October

Service of Compline for MichaelmasLed by Clive Billenness
00:00 / 15:31

 Welcome to this service of Compline to celebrate the Feast of Michaelmas

The words and music in this service are in some places different to those that we normally use but were chosen especially for this evening




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


Our help is in the name of the Lord

who made heaven and earth.

A short 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.

We listen to the singing of Ivo de Viento's composition "Factum et Silentium"

A reading from the Psalm of the Day


Psalm 148

Praise the Lord from the heavens;

praise Him from all the heights.


Praise Him, all of you angels;

praise Him, you heavenly host.


Praise Him, sunshine and moonbeam;

praise Him, you stars of light.


God called, they are created,

standing firm evermore.


Fire and hail, snow and drizzle,

windstorm on His command.


Wild beasts, tame beasts, and cattle,

creeping things, flying birds.


Kings of earth and all peoples,

princes, rulers of earth;


Young and old, men and women;

may they praise our God’s name.


His name only is mighty;

splendour in heaven and earth.




A Bible Reading



Revelation 12 vv 7 -12

And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.


Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming:
‘Now have come the salvation and the power
   and the kingdom of our God
   and the authority of his Messiah,*
for the accuser of our comrades* has been thrown down,
   who accuses them day and night before our God.
But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb
   and by the word of their testimony,
for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.
Rejoice then, you heavens
   and those who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
   for the devil has come down to you
with great wrath,
   because he knows that his time is short!’

We pray

O Christ, Son of the Living God,

May Your holy angels guard our sleep,

May they watch us as we rest

And hover around our beds.


Let them reveal to us in our dreams

Visions of Your glorious truth,

O High Prince of the Universe,

O High Priest of the mysteries.


May no dreams disturb our rest

And no nightmares

spoil our dreams.

May no fears or worries delay

our willing prompt repose

May the virtue of our daily work

Enrich our nightly prayers.

May our sleep

 be deep and soft

So our work be

 fresh and hard.

I will lie down and sleep in peace

For You alone Lord

Make me dwell in safety



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 'neath the shadow of your wings.

We listen to part of Healey Whillan's "An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts"

All that I am Lord,

I place into Your hands,

All that I do Lord,

I place into Your hands.

Everything I work for

I place into Your hands.

Everything I hope for

I place into Your hands.

The troubles that weary me

I place into Your hands.
The thoughts that disturb me

I place into Your hands.

Each that I care for

I place into Your hands.

I place into your hands Lord,

The choices that I face.

Guard me from choosing

The way perilous

Of which the end is heart-pain

and the secret tear.


Rich in counsel,

Show us the way

that is plain and safe.

May I feel Your presence

At the heart of my desire

And so know

it is Your desire for me.

Thus shall I prosper

Thus see my purpose

 is from You

and have the power to do

the good which endures.

The Collect for the Feast of Michaelmas

Everlasting God,
you have ordained and constituted
      the ministries of angels and mortals in a wonderful order:
grant that as your holy angels always serve you in heaven,
so, at your command,
they may help and defend us on earth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.



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.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

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.


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,

do we look for you, O Christ.


Sleep, O sleep in the calm of each calm

Sleep, O sleep

 in the guidance of all guidance

Sleep, O sleep in the love of all loves.

Sleep, O beloved in the Lord of life.

Sleep, O beloved in the God of life.

May God bless us,

that in us may be found love and humility,

obedience and thanksgiving,

discipline, gentleness and peace.


Let us bless the Lord

Thanks be to God.

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