Compline

Night Prayer for Eastertide

THE PREPARATION

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 follows, for reflection on the past day.

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal:
have mercy on us.

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!

THE WORD OF GOD

PSALM 104

1        Bless the Lord, O my soul;*
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!

2        You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above;*
you make the clouds your chariot;
   you ride on the wings of the wind.

3        You make the winds your messengers*
and flames of fire your servants.

4        You send the springs into the valleys;*
they flow between the mountains.

5        All the beasts of the field drink their fill from them,*
and the wild asses quench their thirst.

6        Beside them the birds of the air make their nests*
and sing among the branches.

7        You water the mountains from your dwelling on high;*
the earth is fully satisfied by the fruit of your works.

8        You make grass grow for flocks and herds*
and plants to serve us all;

9        Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number,*

creatures both small and great.

10      All of them look to you*
to give them their food in due season.

11      You give it to them, they gather it;*
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

12      May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;*
may the Lord rejoice in all his works.

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!

THE READING: the following or some other.

The servants of the Lamb shall see the face of God, whose name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night: they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for God will be their light; and they will reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 22. 4-5

THE RESPONSORY may be said.

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. (Alleluia! Alleluia!)
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Alleluia! Alleluia!

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Alleluia! Alleluia!

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

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE: NUNC DIMITTIS

Alleluia!* The Lord is risen, alleluia!
as he promised to you. Alleluia! Alleluia!

1        Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:*
your word has been fulfilled.

2        My own eyes have seen the salvation*
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3        A light to reveal you to the nations*
and the glory of your people Israel.           Luke 2. 29-32

          Glory …

THE PRAYERS

THE COLLECT
Almighty God, by triumphing over the powers of darkness
Christ has prepared a place for us    in the new Jerusalem:
may we, who have this day given thanks    for his resurrection,
praise him in the eternal city of which he is the light;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

THE LORD’S PRAYER may be said.

THE BLESSING

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 the risen Lord Jesus watch over us and renew us
   as he renews the whole of creation.
May our hearts and lives echo his love. Amen.

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