|The Book of Common Prayer|
Office of Compline
Minister. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
∂ Here, all standing up, the Minister shall say:
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
∂†Then shall be sung or said the Antiphon, and after that one or more of the Psalms following.
Antiphon. Save us, O Lord.
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 : since the time that their corn and wine and oil increased.
9 I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest : for it is thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.
THEE, O Lord, have I put my trust : let me never be put to confusion;
deliver me in thy righteousness.
PSALM 91. Qui habitat.
dwelleth under the defence of the Most High : shall abide under the shadow
of the Almighty.
now, praise the Lord : all ye servants of the Lord;
Antiphon. Save us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping, that awake
we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.
∂ Then may follow a Lesson of Holy Scripture.
∂ Then shall the Minister say the Compline Verse:
Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by Thy Name; leave us not. Jer. xiv. 9.
Minister. Into Thy hands I commend my spirit.
Antiphon. Lord, grant us Thy light.
Nunc dimittis. St. Luke ii. 29.
now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace : according to Thy word.
Antiphon. Lord, grant us Thy light, that being rid of the darkness of our hearts, we may come to the true Light, which is Christ.
Then shall be said the Apostlesí Creed.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
∂ Then shall be said, all kneeling:
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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Minister. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, God of our fathers :
Minister and People. We confess to Thee, O God the Father Almighty, that we have sinned against Thee in thought, word, and deed, by our own fault, our own grievous fault. We repent ourselves of these our transgressions, and we beseech Thee to grant us forgiveness for the past, and grace to amend our lives in time to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Alternative form of confession.
We confess to God the Father Almighty, to His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and to God the Holy Ghost, that we have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, by our fault, our own fault, our own grievous fault. Wherefore we pray Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, to have mercy upon us, to forgive us all that is past, and to grant us grace to amend our lives in time to come. Amen.
Minister. The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you re≠mission of your
sins, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of His Holy Spirit.
∂ Then shall be said the Collects following.
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.
GIVE us light in the night season, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and grant that our rest may be without sin, and our waking to Thy service; that we may come in peace and safety to the waking of the great day; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
∂†† Here the Minister may add, at his discretion, any prayers from the Book of Common Prayer, concluding the Office as followeth:
Minister. Bless we the Lord.
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
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