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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.

If you enjoy this form of prayer - Fr Andrew is saying Compline every evening at 9pm with a small group of people. You would be most welcome to join us. Please email him on chaplain@lmh.ox.ac.uk for a link

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 upon 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; though 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 - sung this week by the choir of St John's Cathedral in Los Angeles/

Psalm 23

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

A short reading from the Bible - Hebrews 13: 20,21

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make your perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Thanks be to God.

A prayer of committal - you may wish to pause for a few minutes in silence as you pray this prayer.

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 me, Christ have mercy upon me, Lord have mercy upon me.

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 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.

I bless the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, I 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 and give his blessing. Amen

Lighten the darkness, I beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us all from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

I will lay down in peace and take my rest, for it is thou, Lord, only that makest me dwell in safety.

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

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

The blessing.

The Almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, bless me, and all whom I love, now and always. Amen.

Credits:

Created with images by Mike Labrum - "untitled image" • Milada Vigerova - "untitled image" • JillWellington - "woman happiness sunrise" • Dan Roizer - "Virgin forests around a river" • Devanath - "lotus natural water" • 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" • pixel2013 - "tea lights candles light"