An Order for Compline (Night Prayer)

Maundy Thursday

Welcome to the Compline (Night Prayer) service for 

Maundy ThursdayArtist Name
00:00 / 11:21

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 91


Refrain: Keep me as the apple of your eye.


1    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High  

and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,


2    Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold,  

my God, in whom I put my trust.’


3    For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler  

and from the deadly pestilence.


4    He shall cover you with his wings

and you shall be safe under his feathers;  

his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler. 


Refrain: Keep me as the apple of your eye.


5    You shall not be afraid of any terror by night,  

nor of the arrow that flies by day;


6    Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,  

nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.


7    Though a thousand fall at your side

and ten thousand at your right hand,  

yet it shall not come near you.


8    Your eyes have only to behold  

to see the reward of the wicked. [R]


9    Because you have made the Lord your refuge  

and the Most High your stronghold,


10  There shall no evil happen to you,  

neither shall any plague come near your tent.


11  For he shall give his angels charge over you,  

to keep you in all your ways.


12  They shall bear you in their hands,  

lest you dash your foot against a stone.


13  You shall tread upon the lion and adder;  

the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.


Refrain: Keep me as the apple of your eye.


14  Because they have set their love upon me,

therefore will I deliver them;  

I will lift them up, because they know my name.


15  They will call upon me and I will answer them;  

I am with them in trouble,

I will deliver them and bring them to honour.


16  With long life will I satisfy them  

and show them my salvation.


Refrain: Keep me as the apple of your eye.


Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy

and, as you have bound us to yourself in love,

leave us not who call upon your name,

but grant us your salvation,

made known in the cross of 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

Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?


Isaiah 58: 6-7

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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