An Order for Compline (Night Prayer)

Good Friday

Welcome to the Compline (Night Prayer) service for 

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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 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.


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 22

Refrain: Be not far from me, O Lord.

1    My God, my God, why have you forsaken me,  

and are so far from my salvation,

from the words of my distress?

2    O my God, I cry in the daytime,

but you do not answer;  

and by night also, but I find no rest.

3    Yet you are the Holy One,  

enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

4    Our forebears trusted in you;  

they trusted, and you delivered them.

5    They cried out to you and were delivered;  

they put their trust in you and were not confounded.

Refrain: Be not far from me, O Lord.

6    But as for me, I am a worm and no man,  

scorned by all and despised by the people.

7    All who see me laugh me to scorn;  

they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,

8    ‘He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him;  

let him deliver him, if he delights in him.’

9    But it is you that took me out of the womb  

and laid me safe upon my mother’s breast.

10  On you was I cast ever since I was born;  

you are my God even from my mother’s womb.

11  Be not far from me, for trouble is near at hand  

and there is none to help.

Refrain: Be not far from me, O Lord.

12  Mighty oxen come around me;  

fat bulls of Bashan close me in on every side.

13  They gape upon me with their mouths,  

as it were a ramping and a roaring lion.

14  I am poured out like water;

all my bones are out of joint;  

my heart has become like wax

melting in the depths of my body.

15  My mouth is dried up like a potsherd;

my tongue cleaves to my gums;  

you have laid me in the dust of death.

Refrain: Be not far from me, O Lord.

16  For the hounds are all about me,

the pack of evildoers close in on me;  

they pierce my hands and my feet.

17  I can count all my bones;  

they stand staring and looking upon me.

18  They divide my garments among them;  

they cast lots for my clothing.

19  Be not far from me, O Lord;  

you are my strength; hasten to help me.

20  Deliver my soul from the sword,  

my poor life from the power of the dog.

21  Save me from the lion’s mouth,

from the horns of wild oxen.  

You have answered me!

Refrain: Be not far from me, O Lord.

22  I will tell of your name to my people;  

in the midst of the congregation will I praise you.

23  Praise the Lord, you that fear him;  

O seed of Jacob, glorify him;

stand in awe of him, O seed of Israel.

24  For he has not despised nor abhorred the suffering of the poor;

neither has he hidden his face from them;  

but when they cried to him he heard them.

25  From you comes my praise in the great congregation;  

I will perform my vows

in the presence of those that fear you.

26  The poor shall eat and be satisfied;  

those who seek the Lord shall praise him;

their hearts shall live for ever.

Refrain: Be not far from me, O Lord.

27  All the ends of the earth

shall remember and turn to the Lord,  

and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.

28  For the kingdom is the Lord’s  

and he rules over the nations.

29  How can those who sleep in the earth

bow down in worship, 

or those who go down to the dust kneel before him  

30  He has saved my life for himself;

my descendants shall serve him;  

this shall be told of the Lord for generations to come.

31  They shall come and make known his salvation,

to a people yet unborn,  

declaring that he, the Lord, has done it.

Refrain: Be not far from me, O Lord.

Restless with grief and fear,

the abandoned turn to you:

in every hour of trial,

good Lord, deliver us,

O God most holy, God most strong,

whose wisdom is the cross of Christ.


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

The psalm stands in place of both readings this evening.


There follows a sermon by Canon Tony Jewiss, Assistant Chaplain. Written and recorded from California.

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.


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. 


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,
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.

© The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2005
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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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