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ORDER FOR COMPLINE

Officiant:

THE Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.

Response: Amen.

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

Response: Who hath made the heaven and earth.

Confession

Officiant:

LET us confess our sins to Almighty God.

Officiant and People:

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against thee, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake of thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve thee in newness of life, to the glory of thy Name. Amen.

 The absolution is sung recto tono. A Bishop or priest may stand or kneel, but the sign of the cross is only made on one's self here, not over the people.

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.

Response:

O LORD make haste to help us.

Gloria Patri

Officiant and People:

GORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. World without end. Amen.

 Except in Lent, Passiontide, or Ember Days Alleluia may be added before Amen.

 In recited offices, the Gloria Patri may be said using the following shortened form.

Officiant and People: 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. Except in Lent, Alleluia may be added.

  The Gloria Patri is omitted from the Vigil of Passion Sunday to Easter Sunday exclusive.

 Psalter
One or more of the following Psalms are sung or said.

Psalm 4
Cum invocarem

ANSWER me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; * thou settest me free when I am hard pressed; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

"You mortals, how long will ye dishonor my glory? * how long will ye worship dumb idols and run after false gods?"

Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; * when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me.

Tremble, then, and do not sin; * speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

Offer the appointed sacrifices * and put your trust in the LORD.

Many are saying, "Oh, that we might see better times!" * Lift up the light of thy countenance upon us, O LORD.

Thou hast put gladness in my heart, * more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; * for only thou, LORD, makest me dwell in safety.

Psalm 31
In te, Domine, speravi

IN thee, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame: * deliver me in thy righteousness.

Incline thine ear to me; * make haste to deliver me.

Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for thou art my crag and my strong-hold; * for the sake of thy Name, lead me and guide me.

Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, * for thou art my tower of strength.

Into thy hands I commend my spirit, * for thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, O God of truth.

Psalm 91
Qui habitat

HE who dwelleth in the shelter of the Most High * abideth under the shadow of the Almighty.

He shall say unto the LORD, "Thou art my refuge and my stronghold, * my God in whom I put my trust."

He shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter * and from the deadly pesti-lence.

He shall cover you with his pinions, and thou shalt find refuge under his wings; * his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid of any terror by night, * nor of the arrow that flieth by day;

Of the plague that stalketh in the darkness, * nor of the sickness that layeth waste at mid day.

A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand, * but it shall not come near thee.

Thine eyes have only to behold * to see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the LORD thy refuge, * and the Most High thy habita-tion,

There shall no evil happen to thee, * neither shall any plague come near thy dwelling.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, * to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee in their hands, * lest thou dasheth thy foot against a stone.

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; * thou shalt trample the young lion and the serpent under thy feet.

Because he is bound to me in love, therefore will I deliver him; * I will protect him, because he knoweth my Name.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; * I am with him in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him to honor.

With long life will I satisfy him, * and show him my salvation.

Psalm 134
Ecce nunc

BEHOLD now, bless the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, * ye that stand by night in the house of the LORD.

Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; * the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

At the end of the Psalms is sung in the same Psalm tone or said, except in Passiontide.

GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. World without end. Amen.

 Or else in the optional variant form for recited offices as follows:

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.

Chapter
One of the following, or some other suitable passage of Scripture, is read or sung without introduction. The response is sung recto tono.

LORD, thou art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy Name: Do not forsake us, O Lord our God. Jeremiah 14:9 ,22

 or this:

COME to me, all ye who travail and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and ye will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28 30

 or the following:

MAY the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Hebrews 13:20 21

 or this:

BE sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith. 1 Peter 5:8 9a

 After the lesson, the response shall be given as follows:

Response:

THANKS be to God.

 Following the lesson, a hymn suitable for the evening may be sung.

Prayers
 Then follows the following versicles and responses, with each response given under its associated versicle on the same stave.

Versicles

V. Into thy hand, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

R. For thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.

V. Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of thine eye.

R. Hide us under the shadow of thy wings.

Kyrie Eleison

Officiant:

LORD have mercy.

Response: Christ have mercy.

Officiant: Lord have mercy.

Pater Noster

Officiant & People:

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. Amen.

Ave Maria

Officiant:

HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

People:

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Officiant: Lord hear our prayer.

Response: And let our cry come unto thee.

Let us pray.

Collects
 The Officiant then says or sings one of the following Collects

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

BE present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in thine eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

LOOK down, O Lord, from thy heavenly throne, and illumine this night with thy celestial brightness; that by night as by day thy people may glorify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

VISIT this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let thy holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let thy blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

COLLECT FOR COMPLINE ON SATURDAYS
And on Saturdays, the following shall be added.

WE give thee thanks, O God, for revealing thy Son Jesus Christ to us by the light of his resurrection: Grant that as we sing thy glory at the close of this day, our joy may abound in the morning as we celebrate the Paschal mystery; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Supplemental Collects
 One of the following prayers may then optionally be added

KEEP watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give thy 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 thy love's sake. Amen.

 or this:

O GOD, thine unfailing providence sustains the world we live in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never forget that our common life depends upon each other's toil; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 Additional and approved prayers and thanksgivings may be added here as appropriate, with the prayers preceding the thanksgivings.

Nunc Dimittis
 The service concludes with the Song of Simeon with this Antiphon, which is sung in a psalm tone or said by all.

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

 In Easter Season, add Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. after the Antiphon.

LORD, thou now hast set thy servant free * to go in peace as thou hast promised;

For mine eyes have seen the Savior, * whom thou hast prepared for all the world to see:

A Light to enlighten the nations, * and the glory of thy people Israel.

GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. World without end. Amen.

 Or else the following optional variant for recited offices may be used for the Gloria Patri.

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.

 The Gloria Patri is omitted in Passiontide.

 All repeat the Antiphon:

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

 In Easter Season, add Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. after the Antiphon.

 Dismissal
Then the Officiant concludes as follows.

Officiant:

LET us bless the Lord.

Response:

THANKS be to God.

 Benediction
 The Officiant then concludes with the following:

 THE almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (or Spirit), bless us and keep us.

R. Amen.

 

Here endeth Compline.

 

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