An Order for Compline (Night Prayer)

Compline For Friday

Welcome to the Compline (Night Prayer) service for 

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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.

(Alleluia) 

The Compline Hymn follows

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 147


Refrain: Great is our Lord and mighty in power.


1 Alleluia.
How good it is to make music for our God, 
how joyful to honour him with praise.


2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem 
and gathers together the outcasts of Israel.


3 He heals the brokenhearted 
and binds up all their wounds.

 

Refrain: Great is our Lord and mighty in power.


4 He counts the number of the stars 
and calls them all by their names.


5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; 
his wisdom is beyond all telling.


6 The Lord lifts up the poor, 
but casts down the wicked to the ground. 


Refrain: Great is our Lord and mighty in power.


7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; 
make music to our God upon the lyre;


8 Who covers the heavens with clouds 
and prepares rain for the earth;


9 Who makes grass to grow upon the mountains 
and green plants to serve our needs. 


Refrain: Great is our Lord and mighty in power.


10 He gives the beasts their food 
and the young ravens when they cry.


11 He takes no pleasure in the power of a horse, 
no delight in human strength;


12 But the Lord delights in those who fear him, 
who put their trust in his steadfast love. 


Refrain: Great is our Lord and mighty in power.


13 Sing praise to the Lord, O Jerusalem; 
praise your God, O Zion;


14 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates 
and has blest your children within you.


15 He has established peace in your borders 
and satisfies you with the finest wheat. 


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16 He sends forth his command to the earth 
and his word runs very swiftly.


17 He gives snow like wool 
and scatters the hoarfrost like ashes.


18 He casts down his hailstones like morsels of bread; 
who can endure his frost? 


Refrain: Great is our Lord and mighty in power.


19 He sends forth his word and melts them; 
he blows with his wind and the waters flow.


20 He declares his word to Jacob, 
his statutes and judgements to Israel.


21 He has not dealt so with any other nation; 
they do not know his laws.
Alleluia.


Refrain: Great is our Lord and mighty in power.


Compassionate God,
as you know each star you have created,
so you know the secrets of every heart;
in your loving mercy bring to your table
all who are fearful and broken,
all who are wounded and needy,
that our hungers may be satisfied
in the city of your peace;
through Christ who is our peace.


Amen

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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.

Bible Reading

Acts 9.26-31


When he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples; and they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, brought him to the apostles, and described for them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus. So he went in and out among them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. He spoke and argued with the Hellenists; but they were attempting to kill him. When the believers learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.


Meanwhile the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was built up. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

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.

Gospel Canticle

 

The Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon) is said or sung.

 

Keep us O Lord while while waking, and guard us while sleeping

that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

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.

                                                                                                                       Luke 2.29-32

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.

Keep us O Lord while while waking, and guard us while sleeping

that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.

 

The Collect

Silence may be kept.

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.

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.
Amen.

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 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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The Bible readings (other than the psalms) are from The New Revised Standard Version Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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