Compline (Night Prayer) in Holy Week

An Order for Night Prayer (Compline) in Holy Week

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.

Most merciful God,
we confess to you,
before the whole company of heaven and one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed
and in what we have failed to do.
Forgive us our sins,
heal us by your Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

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.
Alleluia.

Psalm 139

1O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; 
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

2You mark out my journeys and my resting place 
and are acquainted with all my ways.

3For there is not a word on my tongue, 
but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

4You encompass me behind and before
and lay your hand upon me.

5Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, 
so high that I cannot attain it. 

6Where can I go then from your spirit? 
Or where can I flee from your presence?

7If I climb up to heaven, you are there; 
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

8If I take the wings of the morning 
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

9Even there your hand shall lead me, 
your right hand hold me fast.

10If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will cover me 
and the light around me turn to night,’

11Even darkness is no darkness with you;
the night is as clear as the day; 
darkness and light to you are both alike. 

12For you yourself created my inmost parts; 
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

13I thank you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
marvellous are your works, my soul knows well.

14My frame was not hidden from you, 
when I was made in secret
and woven in the depths of the earth.

15Your eyes beheld my form, as yet unfinished; 
already in your book were all my members written,

16As day by day they were fashioned 
when as yet there was none of them.

17How deep are your counsels to me, O God! 
How great is the sum of them!

18If I count them, they are more in number than the sand, 
and at the end, I am still in your presence. 

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 and Reflection

Responsory

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
I commend my spirit.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Keep me as the apple of your eye.
Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

Gospel Canticle (Nunc Dimittis)

Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

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.

Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

Intercessions

Collect

Silence may be kept.

Almighty God,
as we stand at the foot of the cross of your Son,
help us to see and know your love for us,
so that in humility, love and joy
we may place at his feet
all that we have and all that we are;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Keep watch, dear Lord,
with those who work, or watch, or weep this night,
and give your 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 your love’s sake. 
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

© The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, 2000-2005
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