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 grevious 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 - you may read it here, and listen to the monks of Mount St Saviour Monastery sing it to the accompaniment of the harp.

1. Lord, make us servants of your peace; where there is hate, may we sow love;where there is hurt, may we forgive; where there is strife, may we make one.

2. Where all is doubt, may we sow faith; where all is gloom, may we sow hope,where all is night, may we sow light; where all is tears, may we sow joy.

3. Jesus, our Lord, may we not seek to be consoled, but to console,nor look to understanding hearts, but look for hearts to understand.

4. May we not look for love’s return, but seek to love unselfishly, for in our giving we receive, and in forgiving are forgiven.

5. Dying, we live, and are reborn through death’s dark night to endless day; Lord, make us servants of your peace, to wake at last in heaven’s light.

Psalm 91

WHOSO dwelleth under the defence of the most High: shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my strong hold: my God, in him will I trust.

For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter: and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers: his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night: nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

For the pestilence that walketh in darkness: nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.

A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee.

Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold: and see the reward of the ungodly.

For thou, Lord, art my hope: thou hast set thine house of defence very high.

There shall no evil happen unto thee: neither shall any plague come nigh 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: that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.

Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him up, because he hath known my Name.

He shall call upon me, and I will hear him: yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour. With long life will I satisfy him: and shew him my salvation.

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.


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