An Order for Compline (Night Prayer)

Easter 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 139


Refrain: Search me out, O God, and know my heart.


1           O Lord, you have searched me out and known me;                   

             you know my sitting down and my rising up;                  

             you discern my thoughts from afar.

2           You mark out my journeys and my resting place                  

             and are acquainted with all my ways.

3           For there is not a word on my tongue,                   

             but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

4           You encompass me behind and before                   

             and lay your hand upon me.

5           Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,                   

             so high that I cannot attain it.


Refrain: Search me out, O God, and know my heart.


6           Where can I go then from your spirit?                   

             Or where can I flee from your presence?

7           If I climb up to heaven, you are there;                   

             if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

8           If I take the wings of the morning                  

             and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

9           Even there your hand shall lead me,                   

             your right hand hold me fast.

10         If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will cover me                   

             and the light around me turn to night,’

11         Even darkness is no darkness with you;                  

             the night is as clear as the day;                   

             darkness and light to you are both alike.


Refrain: Search me out, O God, and know my heart.


12         For you yourself created my inmost parts;                   

             you knit me together in my mother's womb.

13         I thank you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;                   

             marvellous are your works, my soul knows well.

14         My frame was not hidden from you,                   

             when I was made in secret                  

             and woven in the depths of the earth.

15         Your eyes beheld my form, as yet unfinished;                   

             already in your book were all my members written,

16         As day by day they were fashioned                   

             when as yet there was none of them.

17         How deep are your counsels to me, O God!                   

             How great is the sum of them!

18         If I count them, they are more in number than the sand,                   

             and at the end, I am still in your presence.


Refrain: Search me out, O God, and know my heart.


Creator God, may every breath 

we take be for your glory, 

may every footstep show you as our way, 

that, trusting in your presence in this world, 

we may, beyond this life, still be with you 

where you are alive and reign 

for ever and ever.

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

Luke 8: 41- End


Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

“Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”

But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”

Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”

They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

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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