An Order for Compline (Night Prayer)

Easter Eve

Welcome to the Compline (Night Prayer) service for 

Easter EveArtist Name
00:00 / 11:28

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 104


Refrain : I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.


1Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!


21You appointed the moon to mark the seasons,
and the sun knows the time for its setting.


22You make darkness that it may be night,
in which all the beasts of the forest creep forth.


23The lions roar for their prey
and seek their food from God.


24The sun rises and they are gone
to lay themselves down in their dens.


25People go forth to their work
and to their labour until the evening.


Refrain : I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.


26O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.


27There is the sea, spread far and wide,
and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.


28There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan
which you have made to play in the deep.


29All of these look to you
to give them their food in due season.


30When you give it them, they gather it;
you open your hand and they are filled with good.


31When you hide your face they are troubled;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return again to the dust.


32When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.


33May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works; 


Refrain : I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.


Creator God,
send your Holy Spirit to renew this living world,
that the whole creation,
in its groaning and striving,
may know your loving purpose
and come to reflect your glory;
in 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

Be sober, be vigilant,  because your adversary the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, seeking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in the faith.


1 Peter 5:8-9

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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