Compline

An Order for Compline from the Book of Common Prayer

Officiant: The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.

All: Amen.

Officiant:  Our help is in the Name of the Lord;

People:  The maker of heaven and earth.

 

Officiant: Let us confess our sins to God.

All: Almighty God, our heavenly Father:

We have sinned against you,

through our own fault,

in thought, and word, and deed,

and in what we have left undone.

For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,

forgive us all our offenses;

and grant that we may serve you

in newness of life,

to the glory of your Name. Amen.

 Officiant: May the Almighty God grant us forgiveness of all our sins, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Officiant:  O God, make speed to save us.

People:  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Alleluia.

The following Psalm is sung or said. Other suitable selections may be substituted.

Psalm 4

1. Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *

     you set me free when I am hard pressed;

     have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2. “You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory? *

     how long will you worship dumb idols

     and run after false gods?”

3. Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; *

     when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4. Tremble, then, and do not sin; *

     speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

5. Offer the appointed sacrifices *

     and put your trust in the Lord.

6. Many are saying,

     “Oh, that we might see better times!” *

     Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.

7. You have put gladness in my heart, *

more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

8. I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *

     for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

All:  Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

A lesson is read. At each asterisk*, breathe in and breathe out once.

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are struggling hard*

and carrying heavy loads,*

and I will give you rest.*

  Put on my yoke, and learn from me.*

I’m gentle and humble.*

And you will find rest for yourselves.*

My yoke is easy to bear,*

and my burden is light.”*

All: Thanks be to God.

A hymn suitable for the evening may be sung and/or a reflection may sometimes be inserted

 

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Officiant: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit;

People: For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.

Officiant: Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye;

People: Hide us under the shadow of your wings.

Officiant: Lord, have mercy.

People:  Christ, have mercy.

Officiant: Lord, have mercy.

All:

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.

Officiant: Lord, hear our prayer;

People: And let our cry come to you.

Officiant: Let us pray.

Officiant:  Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Officiant: Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Officiant:  I Invite your intercessions and thanksgivings spoken aloud or prayed silently.

 (silent pause)

Officiant:  Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

All: Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see:  A Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

 

All: Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

 

Officiant: Let us bless the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Officiant: The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.

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