Night Prayer (Compline) in Contemporary Language

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An Order for Night Prayer (Compline)
Monday, 15 October 2018
Teresa of Avila, Teacher of the Faith, 1582 [Lesser Festival]

Preparation

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

Our help is in the name of the Lord
Allwho made heaven and earth.

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

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used.

AllMost 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.
AllO Lord, make haste to help us.

AllGlory 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 or other suitable hymn may be sung.

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

Psalmody

Psalm 4

Refrain: In peace I will lie down and sleep.

1Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness;
you set me at liberty when I was in trouble;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2How long will you nobles dishonour my glory;
how long will you love vain things and seek after falsehood?

3But know that the Lord has shown me his marvellous kindness;
when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4Stand in awe, and sin not;
commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. R

5Offer the sacrifices of righteousness
and put your trust in the Lord.

6There are many that say,