All Saints’ Church Renhold Bedfordshire, England

An Order for Night Prayer (Compline)
Wednesday, 13th January 2021

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 for reflection on the past day may follow.

We say together

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.

The following hymn is said in the form of a prayer.

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.

Psalm 16

The Lord is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

1 Preserve me, O God, for in you have I taken refuge; 
I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my lord,
all my good depends on you.’

2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, 
upon those who are noble in heart.

3 Though the idols are legion that many run after, 
their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, 
neither make mention of their names upon my lips.

4 The Lord himself is my portion and my cup; 
in your hands alone is my fortune.

5 My share has fallen in a fair land; 
indeed, I have a goodly heritage. R

6 I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel, 
and in the night watches he instructs my heart. 

7 I have set the Lord always before me; 
he is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

8 Wherefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; 
my flesh also shall rest secure.

9 For you will not abandon my soul to Death, 
nor suffer your faithful one to see the Pit.

10 You will show me the path of life;
in your presence is the fullness of joy 
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

The Lord is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

Give to us, Lord Christ,
the fullness of grace,
your presence and your very self,
for you are our portion and our delight,
now and for ever.

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

The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all.
Titus 2.11

The following responsory is said

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

The Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon) is said together.

Alleluia. Christ the light of the world, alleluia,
has manifested his glory. Alleluia, alleluia. 

Come, O Lord, and visit us in peace;
that we may rejoice before you with a perfect heart. 

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.

Alleluia. Christ the light of the world, alleluia,
has manifested his glory. Alleluia, alleluia. 


Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.

The Collect

Silence may be kept.

King of kings and Lord of lords,
making the true light to shine:
lighten our darkness now and evermore
that with our lips and in our lives
we may praise you;
for you are our God, now and for ever. 
Amen.

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. 
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer may be said.

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,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

The Conclusion

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.

[Come with the dawning of the day
and make yourself known in the breaking of the bread.]

May the living waters of Christ cleanse us,
may the Spirit descend upon us,
and the blessing of God be with us
this night and always.

Amen.


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