All Saints’ Church Renhold Bedfordshire, England

An Order for Night Prayer (Compline)
Wednesday 9th November 2022


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.

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. 

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 143

Show me, O Lord, the way that I should walk in..

Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and in your faithfulness give ear to my supplications; 
answer me in your righteousness.

Enter not into judgement with your servant, 
for in your sight shall no one living be justified.

For the enemy has pursued me, 
crushing my life to the ground, 
making me sit in darkness like those long dead.

My spirit faints within me; 
my heart within me is desolate. R

I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds; 
I consider the works of your hands.

I stretch out my hands to you; 
my soul gasps for you like a thirsty land.

O Lord, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me; 
hide not your face from me
lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.

Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
for in you I put my trust; 
show me the way I should walk in,
for I lift up my soul to you. R

Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies, 
for I flee to you for refuge.

Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God; 
let your kindly spirit lead me on a level path.

Revive me, O Lord, for your name’s sake; 
for your righteousness’ sake, bring me out of trouble.

In your faithfulness, slay my enemies,
and destroy all the adversaries of my soul, 
for truly I am your servant.

Show me, O Lord, the way that I should walk in.

Jesus, our companion, when we are driven to despair,
help us, through the friends and strangers we encounter on our path,
to know you as our refuge, our way, our truth and our life.

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 one who endures to the end will be saved. And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations.         Matthew 24.13,14a

The following responsory may be 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.


The Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon) is said or sung.

Grant us your light, O Lord,
that the darkness of our hearts being overcome,
we may receive the true light,
even Christ our Saviour. 

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.

Grant us your light, O Lord,
that the darkness of our hearts being overcome,
we may receive the true light,
even Christ our Saviour.

Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.


The Collect

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.

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 light of Christ, the King of all,
shine ever brighter in our hearts,
that with all the saints in light
we may shine forth as lights in the world.. Amen.

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