Compline Thursday 21st January

Night Prayer

Click here to view the Compline, read by Rev Derek Akker.

+The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

The following words of penitence are used:

O Lord, you have created us in your image; yet so often we wander from your pathway. But we rejoice Lord you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You. Look with your eyes of love upon our imperfections and pardon all our shortcomings, that we may be filled with the brightness of Your light and become the image of Your goodness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Absolution
+ God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit bless, keep and forgive you and in His lovingkindness grant you his grace and the comfort of His peace. Amen

Short Reflection

Help me, Lord

Help my fear, Lord and my unbelief.
Help me to learn your goodness by heart.
Help me, Lord, in the midst of my doubts and worries
to begin to see what you see when you look at my world.
Imprint that vision somewhere deep within where it can stay,
and speak and live. (Lina Toth [Andronoviene])

Before the ending of the day:
Calm and still me, O Lord
And keep me from harm, O Lord.
Let all that causes me dis-ease cease, O Lord.
And enfold me in Your peace

May our daily tasks hallow
our nightly prayers.
May our sleep be deep and soft
So our tasks for tomorrow may be fresh

The Word of God Psalmody

O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; ♦
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You mark out my journeys and my resting place ♦
and are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue, ♦
but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
You encompass me behind and before ♦
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, ♦
so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go then from your spirit? ♦
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I climb up to heaven, you are there; ♦
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
If I take the wings of the morning ♦
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there your hand shall lead me, ♦
your right hand hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will cover me ♦
and the light around me turn to night,’
Even darkness is no darkness with you;
the night is as clear as the day; ♦
darkness and light to you are both alike. (Psalm 139:1-11)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning is now, and shall be for ever. Amen

Scripture Reading
Thus says the Lord, . . . Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned. (Isaiah 43:1-2)

Silence is kept

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc Dimittis (The Song of Simeon)
Now Lord you let your servant go in peace: your word has | been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel. (Luke 2.29-32)
+ Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the | Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.


Intercessions – You may wish to pause the video as you offer your intercessions

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,
and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;
may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Creator God,
may every breath we take be for your glory,
may every footstep show you as our way,
that, trusting in your presence in this world,
we may, beyond this life, still be with you
where you are alive and reign
for ever and ever. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer
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.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

The Conclusion
In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning,
so do we look for you, O Christ.

+May God bless us,
that in us may be found love and humility, obedience and thanksgiving, discipline, gentleness and peace.
And the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you now and always. Amen.

    The Mosaic was inspired by a cross in the hermitage, Ermita de la Mare de Déu de la Misericòrdia de Vinaròs, Castellón