Services for use at home

An Order for Night Prayer (Compline)

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

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.

Silent prayer/reflection on the past day.

Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done what is wrong in your sight. We are sorry and repent. In your love, have mercy on us; cleanse us from our sin, renew a right spirit within us and grant us the joy of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The following hymn may be said or 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.

Psalm 139

or another suitable Psalm, is read.

O Lord, you have searched me out and known me.

you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.

You mark out my journeys and my resting place; and are acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word on my tongue; but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

You encompass me behind and before; and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; so high that I cannot attain it.

Where can I go then from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?

If I climb up to heaven, you are there.

if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

If I take the wings of the morning.

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there your hand shall lead me; your right hand hold me fast.

If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will cover me; and the light around me turn to night,’

Even darkness is no darkness with you; the night is as clear as the day.

darkness and light to you are both alike.

For you yourself created my inmost parts.

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I thank you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

marvellous are your works, my soul knows well.

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret

and woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes beheld my form, as yet unfinished; already in your book were all my members written,

As day by day they were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

How deep are your counsels to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

If I count them, they are more in number than the sand.

and at the end, I am still in your presence.

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.

One of the following short passages of Scripture are read.

In Lent

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

Isaiah 58. 6,7

In Holy Week

I will pour out a spirit of compassion and supplication on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that, when they look on the one whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.

Zechariah 12.10

In Eastertide

The servants of the Lamb shall see the face of God, whose name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night: they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 22.4,5

Between the Ascension and Pentecost

I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. The old shall dream dreams and the young shall see visions.

Joel 2.28

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.

The Nunc Dimittis.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Various prayers are offered, which may include this short litany.

That you will give us a quiet night and a perfect end:

we pray to you, O Lord.

That you will have mercy upon us and grant us your salvation:

we pray to you, O Lord.

That you will keep us this night without sin:

we pray to you, O Lord.

That you will guard us and give us your blessing:

we pray to you, O Lord.

That you will bring us with all your saints to glory everlasting:

we pray to you, O Lord.

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God. Our Father, who art in heaven…

The appropriate Collect is said.

Lent

Almighty God,

may we, by the prayer and discipline of Lent, enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings; that by following in the Way,

we may come to share in the glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy Week

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.

Easter

Almighty God,

by triumphing over the powers of darkness Christ has prepared a place for us in the new Jerusalem:

may we, who have this day given thanks for his resurrection,

praise him in the eternal city of which he is the light.

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From Ascension to Pentecost.

Come, O Spirit of God,

and make within us your dwelling place and home.

May our darkness be dispelled by your light, and our troubles calmed by your peace; may all evil be redeemed by your love,

all pain transformed through the suffering of Christ,

and all dying glorified in his risen life. Amen.

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.

The Lord bless us and watch over us; the Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us.

the Lord look kindly on us and all for whom we pray and give us his peace.

Amen.