Compline pronounced KOM-plin is the Night Prayer of the church, and dates back to the fourth to sixth centuries. It is the final service of the day in the traditional daily round of services the Daily Office a. Liturgy of the Hours. It is a quiet, contemplative service in preparation for sleep. During April we will say Compline at pm every night that we do not have another evening service.
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A Suggestion for a Lutheran Compline Service (Text)
The English word compline is derived from the Latin completorium , as compline is the completion of the working day. The word was first used in this sense about the beginning of the 6th century by St. Benedict in his Rule Regula Benedicti ; hereafter, RB , in Chapters 16 , 17 , 18 , and 42 , and he even uses the verb compleo to signify compline: " Omnes ergo in unum positi compleant " "All having assembled in one place, let them say compline" ; " et exeuntes a completorio " "and, after going out from compline" RB, Chap. Catholic , Eastern Orthodox , Anglican , Lutheran , and certain other Christian denominations with liturgical traditions prescribe compline services.
May the Almighty God grant us forgiveness of all our sins, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. May the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, and 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 — The Collect of the Day Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, and illumine this night with your celestial brightness; that by night as by day your people may glorify your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.