COMPLINE

 

 

¶ Compline, drawn from the monastic rite and other Anglican patrimonial sources, follows. This resource will be updated to be consistent with the Order of Compline approved for use in the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter by the Vatican, once that is released.
Unlike the other three offices, I have not had the opportunity to view partial drafts of the proposed office of Compline.

Lector: Pray, Sir, give me thy blessing.
Officiant: ✠ The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
People: Amen.
      I Peter 5. 8
Lector:Brethren, 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. But thou, Our Lord, have mercy upon us.
People: Thanks be to God.
Officiant:Our help is in the name of the Lord.
People: Who hath made heaven and earth.

¶ A penitential office may be said here.

Officiant: Turn us then, O God our Saviour.
People: And let thine anger cease from us.
Officiant: ✠ O GOD, make speed to save us.
People: O LORD, make haste to help us.
Officiant: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
People:As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Officiant and People: Alleluia.   (Omitted in Pre-Lent and Lent.)

¶ The following Psalms are sung or said:

Psalm 4. Cum invocarem.

HEAR me when I call, O God of my righteousness: * thou hast set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy upon me, and hearken unto my prayer.
2  O ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour, * and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after falsehood?
3  Know this also, that the LORD hath chosen to himself the man that is godly; * when I call upon the LORD he will hear me.
4  Stand in awe, and sin not; * commune with your own heart, and in your chamber, and be still.
5  Offer the sacrifice of righteousness, * and put your trust in the LORD.
6  There be many that say, * Who will show us any good?
7  LORD, lift thou up * the light of thy countenance upon us.
8  Thou hast put gladness in my heart; * yea, more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.
9  I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest; * for it is thou, LORD, only, that makest me dwell in safety.

¶ Roman usage includes Psalm 31. Benedictine usage omits it.


Psalm 31. In te, Domine, speravi.

IN thee, O LORD, have I put my trust; let me never be put to confusion; * deliver me in thy righteousness.
2  Bow down thine ear to me; * make haste to deliver me.
3  And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence, * that thou mayest save me.
4  For thou art my strong rock, and my castle: * be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Name's sake.
5  Draw me out of the net that they have laid privily for me; * for thou art my strength.
6  Into thy hands I commend my spirit; * for thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, thou God of truth.
7  I have hated them that hold of lying vanities, * and my trust hath been in the LORD.
8  I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy; * for thou hast considered my trouble, and hast known my soul in adversities.
9  Thou hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; * but hast set my feet in a large room.
10  Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble, * and mine eye is consumed for very heaviness; yea, my soul and my body.
11  For my life is waxen old with heaviness, * and my years with mourning.
12  My strength faileth me, because of mine iniquity, * and my bones are consumed.
13  I became a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours; * and they of mine acquaintance were afraid of me; and they that did see me without, conveyed themselves from me.
14  I am clean forgotten as a dead man out of mind; * I am become like a broken vessel.
15  For I have heard the blasphemy of the multitude, and fear is on every side; * while they conspire together against me, and take their counsel to take away my life.
16  But my hope hath been in thee, O LORD; * I have said, Thou art my God.
17  My times are in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, * and from them that persecute me.
18  Show thy servant the light of thy countenance, * and save me for thy mercy's sake.
19  Let me not be confounded, O LORD, for I have called upon thee; * let the ungodly be put to confusion, and be put to silence in the grave.
20  Let the lying lips be put to silence, * which cruelly, disdainfully, and despitefully speak against the righteous.
21  O how plentiful is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee, * and that thou hast prepared for them that put their trust in thee, even before the sons of men!
22  Thou shalt hide them in the covert of thine own presence from the plottings of men: * thou shalt keep them secretly in thy tabernacle from the strife of tongues.
23  Thanks be to the LORD; * for he hath showed me marvellous great kindness in a strong city.
24  But in my haste I said, * I am cast out of the sight of thine eyes.
25  Nevertheless, thou heardest the voice of my prayer, * when I cried unto thee.
26  O love the LORD, all ye his saints; * for the LORD preserveth them that are faithful, and plenteously rewardeth the proud doer.
27  Be strong, and he shall establish your heart, * all ye that put your trust in the LORD.


Psalm 91. Qui habitat.

WHOSO dwelleth under the defence of the Most High, * shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2  I will say unto the LORD, Thou art my hope, and my stronghold; * my God, in him will I trust.
3  For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter, * and from the noisome pestilence.
4  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.
5  Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night, * nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6  For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, * nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.
7  A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand; * but it shall not come nigh thee.
8  Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold, * and see the reward of the ungodly.
9  For thou, LORD, art my hope; * thou hast set thine house of defence very high.
10  There shall no evil happen unto thee, * neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, * to keep thee in all thy ways.
12  They shall bear thee in their hands, * that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.
13  Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder: * the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.
14  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him; * I will set him up, because he hath known my Name.
15  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.
16  With long life will I satisfy him, * and show him my salvation.


Psalm 134. Ecce nunc.

BEHOLD now, praise the LORD, * all ye servants of the LORD;
2  Ye that by night stand in the house of the LORD, * even in the courts of the house of our God.
3  Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, * and praise the LORD.
4  The LORD that made heaven and earth * give thee blessing out of Sion.

¶ After the Psalms are sung or said:

Officiant: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
People:As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

¶ The Office Hymn may follow.

      Te lucis ante terminum

To thee before the close of 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 sight,
From fears and terrors of the night;
Withhold from us our ghostly foe,
That spot of sin we may not 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.
Attribution to St. Ambrose is disputed.
Hymnal 1940 #164, Translation by J. M. Neale.

¶ Then follows the Chapter of Scripture, which never varies:

The Little ChapterJeremiah 14. 9.
THOU, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not, O Lord our God.
People:Thanks be to God.

Then follows the Brief Respond
Officiant:Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
People:For thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.
Officiant:Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of an eye.
People:Hide us under the shadow of thy wings.

Nunc dimittis. St. Luke ii. 29.

Antiphon: Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; * that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.
 

LORD, ✠ now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, * according to thy word.

For mine eyes have seen * thy salvation,

Which thou hast prepared * before the face of all people;

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, * and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.

 

Antiphon: Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; * that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

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

¶ Whenever the officiant is a layperson: ¶ Only if the officiant is a priest or deacon:
Officiant: O Lord hear our prayer. Officiant: The Lord be with you.
People: And let our cry come unto thee. People: And with thy spirit.
Officiant: Let us pray. Officiant: Let us pray.

¶ The Collect of the Day or any of the collects following is said:

Or

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

Or

VISIT, we beseech thee, O Lord, this habitation, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy: Let thy holy angels dwell herein to preserve us in peace, and let thy blessing be ever upon us. Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who with thee in the Unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen.

Or

KEEP watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give thine angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for thy love's sake. Amen.

¶ The Office concludes with:

Officiant: Let us bless the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

¶ The Officiant concludes:

May the Lord Almighty and merciful, the Father ✠ the Son, and the Holy Ghost, vouchsafe to bless us and keep us. Amen.


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