], Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, (1952), stanza 4.).

1In you, O Lord, have R. [19How abundant is your You will lead me out of the trap that they laid for me –. The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2005, National Council of the Churches A light to bring the Gentiles from darkness; Accept, we beg you, our prayer and work of this day.

that they have laid secretly for me, ♦ Compline – a service of evening prayer, led by St. Michael’s Youth Group via video. shine ever brighter in our hearts, of Christ in the United States of America. After the examination of conscience, in a hymn we ask for God’s gifts of rest and protection throughout the night.

all the nations. Spirit. Leader: Father, Son, Holy Spirit, I welcome you here.

your word has been fulfilled. A: Compline, or Night Prayer, is the church’s official bedtime prayer. Benedictine Father Michael Kwatera, a monk of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, serves as the abbey’s director of liturgy. Box 2015, Collegeville, MN 56321-2015. that, as we rejoice in their triumphs, This night, each night, may I know the light of Your presence. for those who put their trust in you.

[Come with the dawning of the day and make yourself known “Lie sunk in slumber deep. AllInto your hands, O Lord, your hands I commend my spirit. Amen. The official text of “Night Prayer” is available from U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Publishing, $5.95. The opening words of Compline, accompanied by the sign of the cross, are so necessary: “God, come to my assistance. The six Marian antiphons for Compline point to God’s mercy in Mary’s life and in our life. Compline invites us to pray for protection in three kinds of sleep: the natural sleep of night, the sleep of the soul in sinfulness, and the sleep of death at life’s end. shelter of your presence The General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours says that “it is laudable to follow the introductory verse with an examination of conscience” (no. Hail to you, O Queen, mother of loving kindness, Hear as we sigh, with groaning and weeping. They are fittingly short and image the end of the day and the end of life. Compline is the prayer of our dormition, of our falling asleep in Christ at the end of the day and at the end of our life. AllO King most blessed, In a communal celebration of Compline, one of the penitential acts given in the Missal may be recited.

servant go in peace: ♦ All Amen. R. 23Love the Lord, all you his servants; ♦ Note: Measures implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus have led to the cancellation of public, in-person events in most places around the diocese at this time.

of your wings. and hope is veiled in grief, All rights reserved. At the end of the psalmody the following is said or sung. And show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb. Lord, make haste to help me. The light is gone, the dark is here. The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2005

Compline lets our need to rest draw us into the mystery of the Lord’s death and our own death, so that we can celebrate our sharing in the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ, God’s Easter plan for our salvation in the dying and rising of Christ in which we share through baptism. which you have prepared in the sight of all The “Nunc dimittis” (Canticle of Simeon, Luke 2:29-32) is the highpoint of Compline and has an invariable antiphon: “Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.”.

88) have been assigned for each day of the week.

and drive far from it the snares of the enemy; who sits upon the throne for ever and ever. National Council of the Churches In peace we will lie down and sleep; From fears and terrors of the night; Do not give the devil his opportunity. Amen. The sign of the cross at the beginning of this Gospel canticle is fitting: We who have received the victorious sign of Christ’s cross in baptism, confirmation and reconciliation, hope to receive his blessing and anointing at the end of our life. AllAmen. Hymn; Now that the daylight dies away, By all thy grace and love, Thee, Maker of the world, we pray. Et Iesum, benedíctum fructum ventris tui. in the breaking of the bread. hand and the day is now past. that we may be ever more willing to serve you. on the day of judgement for the Lord protects the faithful, in the breaking of the bread.]. Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible are published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. make us dwell in safety. when I was as a city besieged. Nevertheless, you heard the voice of my prayer This is an excellent moment for an examination of conscience. For a “Quick Guide” to COVID-19 protocols/requirements in the diocese, including updates regarding food service, visit, New resource ‘Becoming Eucharist’ encourages mealtime conversations, The Lay Carmelite life: Prayer, community and service, Report: Central American migrant children who reach U.S. being sent to Mexico, Nations affirm ‘inherent’ right to life, reject ‘international right’ to abortion, Hope is gift to seek from God, pope says on All Souls’ feast, Laura Kelly Fanucci: Teach us to pray — as stressed-out parents, Bishop Robert Barron: Four principles for Catholics during election season, Igniting our Faith | Bishop Robert Barron, Called to the priesthood: My surprise Los Angeles story, Called to religious life: A sister’s vocation story, Mom says ‘Clouds’ shows how deep, inspiring her late son’s Catholic faith was, ‘Box of Joy’ organizers say giving program has even more meaning in pandemic, Virtual rosary Oct. 7 aims to unite Catholics in ‘moment of prayer’ for nation, Bishops say ‘Rosary for America’ Oct. 7 imperative for a country in crisis, Some dioceses taking ‘Civilize It’ initiative to heart, La esperanza es un regalo para buscar en Dios, dice el Papa en la fiesta de Todos los Santos, Papa: Corrupción en la iglesia debe ser erradicada continuamente, La gratitud y la acción de dar siempre gracias.

Into your hands, O Lord,

Officiant Let us confess our sins to God. my spirit, ♦ deliver me in your righteousness.

Copyright © 2020 by The Central Minnesota Catholic. O God, make speed to save us. one God, now and for ever.

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

let me never be put to shame; ♦

(www.usccbpublishing.org or 800-235-8722). The Sarum Primer (1527) asks that “God be at my end, and my departing”; we, too, ask God to be with us at the end of our day and the end of our life, so that we can safely depart into sleep and into death.



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