Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton

COMPLINE FOR HOLY WEEK

The Liturgy for Night Prayer on 6th, 7th and 8th April
is set out below, or it can be downloaded (pdf) here

An Order for Night Prayer (Compline)


The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.


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

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used


All
  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.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.


All  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 following or another suitable hymn may be sung


Before the ending of the day,

Creator of the world, we pray

That you, with steadfast love, would keep

Your watch around us while we sleep.


From evil dreams defend our sight,

From fears and terrors of the night;
Tread underfoot our deadly foe
That we no sinful thought may know.


O Father, that we ask be done

Through Jesus Christ, your only Son;

And Holy Spirit, by whose breath

Our souls are raised to life from death.


The Word of God
Psalmody
Psalm 139


For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.

You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you;

the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

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

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand - when I awake, I am still with you.


All
  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

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

                                                             Isaiah 58:6-7


The following responsory may be said

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Alleluia, alleluia.

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

All  Hide me under the shadow of your wings.


Gospel Canticle


The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Christ died for us,

so that, whether we wake or sleep,

we might live with him.

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


All  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.

All  Christ died for us,

so that, whether we wake or sleep,

we might live with him.


Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.
The Collect

Almighty God,

may we, by the prayer and discipline of Lent,

enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings;

that by following in the Way,

we may come to share in the glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Silence may be kept.

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.

All  Amen.


The Lord
s Prayer may be said.

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

[Come with the dawning of the day

All  and make yourself known in the breaking of the bread.]

May God bless us,

that in us may be found love and humility,

obedience and thanksgiving,

discipline, gentleness and peace.

All  Amen.