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 145


Refrain: Great is the Lord and highly to be praised.


1 I will exalt you, O God my King, 
    and bless your name for ever and ever.


2 Every day will I bless you 
    and praise your name for ever and ever.


3 Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; 
    his greatness is beyond all searching out. 


Refrain: Great is the Lord and highly to be praised.


4 One generation shall praise your works to another 
    and declare your mighty acts.


5 They shall speak of the majesty of your glory, 
    and I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.


6 They shall speak of the might of your marvellous acts, 
    and I will also tell of your greatness.


7 They shall pour forth the story of your abundant kindness 
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.


8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, 
    long-suffering and of great goodness. 


Refrain: Great is the Lord and highly to be praised.


9 The Lord is loving to everyone 
    and his mercy is over all his creatures.


10 All your works praise you, O Lord, 
    and your faithful servants bless you.


11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom 
    and speak of your mighty power,


12 To make known to all peoples your mighty acts 
    and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.


13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; 
    your dominion endures throughout all ages. 


Refrain: Great is the Lord and highly to be praised.


14 The Lord is sure in all his words 
    and faithful in all his deeds.


15 The Lord upholds all those who fall 
    and lifts up all those who are bowed down.


16 The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, 
    and you give them their food in due season.


17 You open wide your hand 
    and fill all things living with plenty. 


Refrain: Great is the Lord and highly to be praised.


18 The Lord is righteous in all his ways 
    and loving in all his works.


19 The Lord is near to those who call upon him, 
    to all who call upon him faithfully.


20 He fulfils the desire of those who fear him; 
    he hears their cry and saves them.


21 The Lord watches over those who love him, 
    but all the wicked shall he destroy.


22 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, 
    and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.


Refrain: Great is the Lord and highly to be praised.


King of the universe,
you show the bright glory of your reign
in acts of mercy and enduring love;
raise the spirits of the downcast
and restore those who have fallen away,
that we may sing for ever of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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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

1 John 1.1-2.6


We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us—we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.


This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.


My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.


Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. Whoever says, ‘I have come to know him’, but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection. By this we may be sure that we are in him: whoever says, ‘I abide in him’, ought to walk just as he walked.

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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