All Saints’ Church, Renhold, Bedfordshire, England

An Order for Night Prayer

(Compline) in Traditional Language

   Preparation

     

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

All Amen.

     

   [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.                            1 Peter 5.8,9

    

But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

All Thanks be to God.

     

   Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who hath made heaven and earth.

     

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

     

All We confess to God almighty,

   the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost,

   that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,

   through our own grievous fault.

   Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us.

     

   Almighty God, have mercy upon us,

   forgive us all our sins and deliver us from all evil,

   confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,

   and bring us to life everlasting;

   through Jesus Christ our Lord.         Amen.

     

  A priest may say

    May the almighty and merciful Lord

   grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins,

   time for amendment of life,

   and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit.

All  Amen.

     

   O God, make speed to save us.

All O Lord, make haste to help us.

  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,

   and to the Holy Ghost;

All  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

   world without end. Amen.

     

   Praise ye the Lord.

All The Lord's name be praised.

     

  The following hymn will be said in the form of a prayer

    Before the ending of the 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 eyes,

    From nightly fears and fantasies;

    Tread underfoot our ghostly foe,

    That no pollution we may 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.

        

 The Word of God   

       

 Psalm 4

1  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 leasing?

     

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 shew 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.

       

 Psalm 31.1-6

     

1  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.


 At the end of the psalmody, the following is said or sung

    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.       

 

Scripture Reading

 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11.28-30

  All   Thanks be to God.

The following responsory may be said

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

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

   For thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

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

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

   Keep me as the apple of an eye.

All  Hide me under the shadow of thy wings.

       

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

 All       Preserve us, O Lord, while waking,

   and guard us while sleeping,

   that awake we may watch with Christ,

   and asleep we may rest in peace.

     

1  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :

   according to thy word.

     

2  For mine eyes have seen :

   thy salvation;

     

3  Which thou hast prepared :

   before the face of all people;

     

4  To be a light to lighten the Gentiles :

   and to be the glory of thy people Israel.    Luke 2.29-32

    

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.

     

All Preserve us, O Lord, while waking,

   and guard us while sleeping,

   that awake we may watch with Christ,

   and asleep we may rest in peace.

       

 Prayers

   Lord, have mercy upon us.

All   Christ, have mercy upon us.

   Lord, have mercy upon us.

     

All  Our Father, which art in heaven,

   hallowed be thy name;

   thy kingdom come;

   thy will be done,

   in earth as it is in heaven.

   Give us this day our daily bread.

   And forgive us our trespasses,

   as we forgive them that trespass against us.

   And lead us not into temptation;

   but deliver us from evil. Amen.

     

  Blessed art thou, Lord God of our fathers:

All  to be praised and glorified above all for ever.

     

   Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost:

All  let us praise him and magnify him for ever.

   Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven:

All  to be praised and glorified above all for ever.

     

   The almighty and most merciful Lord guard us and give us his blessing.

All  Amen.


   [Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us;

All  that thy people may rejoice in thee?


   O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us;

All  and grant us thy salvation.

     

   Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin;

All  O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

     

   O Lord, hear our prayer;

All  and let our cry come unto thee.]

     

 Let us pray.

 One or more Collects are said

   Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, this place,

   and drive from it all the snares of the enemy;

   let thy holy angels dwell herein to preserve us in peace;

   and may thy blessing be upon us evermore;

   through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.

     

   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.

All   Amen.

     

   O Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God,

   who at this evening hour didst rest in the sepulchre,

   and didst thereby sanctify the grave

   to be a bed of hope to thy people:

   make us so to abound in sorrow for our sins,

   which were the cause of thy passion,

   that when our bodies lie in the dust,

   our souls may live with thee;

   who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost,

   one God, world without end.

All  Amen.

     

   Look down, O Lord, from thy heavenly throne,

   illuminate the darkness of this night with thy celestial brightness,

   and from the sons of light banish the deeds of darkness;

   through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All  Amen.

     

   Be present, O merciful God,

   and protect us through the silent hours of this night,

   so that we who are wearied

   by the changes and chances of this fleeting world,

   may repose upon thy eternal changelessness;

   through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All  Amen.

       

The Conclusion

     

   We will lay us down in peace and take our rest.

All  For it is thou, Lord, only that makest us dwell in safety.

     

   Abide with us, O Lord,

All  for it is toward evening and the day is far spent.

     

   As the watchmen look for the morning,

All  so do we look for thee, O Christ.

     

   [Come with the dawning of the day

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

     

   The Lord be with you

All  and with thy spirit.

     

  Let us bless the Lord.

All  Thanks be to God.

     

   The almighty and merciful Lord,

   the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost,

   bless us and preserve us.

All  Amen.




Copyright - Materials taken from Church of England daily prayer app. Church House Publishing 2020