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A moment of prayer COMpline. The night prayer of the Churh

With us all in lock down and churches and our own chapel closed for worship people are discovering new ways of worshipping and finding time for prayer. What follows is a simple form of Compline - the traditional night prayer of the Church. Simply scroll through, playing the music and watching the videos if you wish to do so, or reading the words on the screens that follow. You may want to light a candle at the start, and have an image, icon or cross before you as you pray. Take you time, breathe and remember that many thousands of others are with you in prayer even if not in your presence. And please pray for each other and the staff at LMH - we need your prayers and pray for you. Thank you.

The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist, steadfast in the faith. 1 Peter 5:8,9

But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us. Thanks be to God.

Our help is in the name of the Lord. Who has made heaven and earth.

Take a few moments to reflect on the day that is passing. Remember the good things, and be grateful. Be honest about mistakes and failings and resolving to do better let them go in asking for the forgiveness of God.

I confess to God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, that I have sinned in thought, word and deed, through my own grievous fault. Wherefore I pray God to have mercy on me.

Almighty God, have mercy upon me, forgive me all my sins and deliver me from all evil, confirm and strengthen me in all goodness and bring me to life everlasting, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins, time for amendment of life and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen

The Compline hymn - you may read it here, or listen to it sung by Kings College Cambridge.

BEFORE the ending of the day, Creator of the world, we pray That with thy wonted favour thou Wouldst be our guard and keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our eyes, From nightly fears and fantasies;Tread under foot our ghostly foe, That no pollution we may know.

O Father, that we ask be done, Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son; Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee, Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.Before the ending of the

Psalm 4

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness; ♦ you set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2 How long will you nobles dishonour my glory; ♦ how long will you love vain things and seek after falsehood?

3 But know that the Lord has shown me his marvellous kindness; ♦ when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4 Stand in awe, and sin not; ♦commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.

5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness ♦and put your trust in the Lord.

6 There are many that say, ‘Who will show us any good?’ ♦Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.

7 You have put gladness in my heart, ♦more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.

8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, ♦ for it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in safety.

A short reading from the Bible - Jeremiah 1:4,9

Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us and we are called by thy name, leave us not, O Lord our God.

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

The Nunc dimittis - the song of Simeon. You can read it or listen to it being sung

The Prayers.

Lord have mercy upon us, Christ have mercy upon us, Lord have mercy upon us.

Our Father, who are 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 tresspasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen

Blessed art thou, Lord God of our fathers, to be praised and glorified for ever.

Let us bless the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, let us praise him and magnify him for ever.

Blessed art thou, O Lord in the firmament of heaven, to be praised and glorified above all for ever.

The almighty and most merciful Lord guard us and give us his blessing. Amen

A Collect asking God's blessing on this night.

We will lay us down in peace and take our rest, for it is thou, Lord, only that makest us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, O Lord, for it is towards evening and the day is far spent.

As the watchmen look for the morning, so do we look for thee O Christ.

The blessing.

The Almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, bless us, present and absent, now and always. Amen.

Credits:

Created with images by Prateek Gautam - "untitled image" • Lina Trochez - "Brindar siempre lo mejor de ti." • Xan Griffin - "My Friend The Sun" • wisconsinpictures - "Thanksgiving Psalm" • Dan Roizer - "Virgin forests around a river" • Sunyu - "untitled image" • Michael Heuss - "I went to a pub with a friend and during our conversation I got distracted again and again by these rainbow lights that have been created naturally by some glass around us. When I showed her, she started playing with the lights (after 2 beers) and I was fast enough to capture that moment." • NASA - "untitled image" • KEEM IBARRA - "Only God Can Judge"