Holy Week Compline

 

 

Compline – Holy Week

The ancient office of Compline derives its name from

 a Latin word meaning ‘completion’ (completorium).

It is above all a service of quietness and reflection

 before rest at the end of the day.

 

 

 

 

Preparation

 

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.

 

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.

 

Hymn

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     

     

Monday                 Psalm 25

Tuesday                 Psalm 55; 13-24

Wednesday          Psalm 88

 

 

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

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 Readings and Reflection

 

Monday                 The Protest Mark 11; 15- 19

 

Tuesday                 The Perfume  Mark 14; 1-9

 

Wednesday           The Plot Mark 14; 1-2, 10-11, 32-50

 

The following responsory is 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.

 

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

 

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    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  Save us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers - Intercessions and thanksgivings are offered

 

Almighty God, as we stand at the foot of the cross of your Son, help us to see

and know your love for us, so that in humility, love and joy

we may place at his feet all that we have and all that we are;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

               All  Amen

 

The Collect

Lighten our darkness,

Lord, we pray,

and in your great mercy

defend us from all perils and dangers of this night,

for the love of your only Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

 

Silence may be kept.               All  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;

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.

 

The Lord bless us and watch over us;

the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;

the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.

All  Amen.

 

 

THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF OUR WORSHIP TOGETHER.

 As we leave our Zoom service, you may like to listen to Stainer’s God So Loved the World, sung by the Choir at St Helen’s Wheathampstead, shared with their blessing -  https://soundcloud.com/bycchoir/sets/29-march-2019-online-service

 

Service material copyright: © The Archbishops' Council 2005

Cover picture – Body and Blood by Mark Jennings, copyright at mark-jennings.fineartmerica.com