Compline (Contemporary) in Creation Season

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. It is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without additions, conversation or noise. If there is an address, or business to be done, it should come first. If the service is in church, those present depart in silence; if at home, they go quietly to bed.


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

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.

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

We confess to you our lack of care
for the world you have given us.
Lord have mercy,
All  Lord have mercy.

We confess to you our selfishness
in not sharing the earth’s bounty fairly.
Christ have mercy,
All  Christ have mercy.

We confess to you our failure
to protect resources for others,
Lord have mercy,
All  Lord have mercy.

May God who loved the world so much
that he sent his Son to be our Saviour
forgive us our sins
and make us holy to serve him in the world,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All  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.
Alleluia !

The following or another suitable hymn may be sung

The spacious firmament on high,
with all the blue ethereal sky,
and spangled heavens, a shining frame,
their great Original proclaim.

The unwearied sun from day to day
does his Creator’s power display,
and publishes to every land
the works of an almighty hand.

Soon as the evening shades prevail
the moon takes up the wondrous tale,
and nightly to the listening earth
repeats the story of her birth;

Whilst all the stars that round her burn,
and all the planets in their turn,
confirm the tidings, as they roll,
and spread the truth from pole to pole.

What though in solemn silence all
move round the dark terrestrial ball;
what though nor real voice nor sound
amid their radiant orbs be found;

In reason’s ear they all rejoice,
and utter forth a glorious voice;
for ever singing as they shine,
‘the hand that made us is divine.

The Word of God

Psalm 65

1  Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion;
to you that answer prayer shall vows be paid.

2  To you shall all flesh come to confess their sins;
when our misdeeds prevail against us,
you will purge them away.

3  Happy are they whom you choose
and draw to your courts to dwell there.
We shall be satisfied with the blessings of your house,
even of your holy temple.

4  With wonders you will answer us in your righteousness,
O God of our salvation,
O hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas.

5  In your strength you set fast the mountains
and are girded about with might.

6  You still the raging of the seas,
the roaring of their waves
and the clamour of the peoples.

7  Those who dwell at the ends of the earth
tremble at your marvels;
the gates of the morning and evening sing your praise.

8  You visit the earth and water it;
you make it very plenteous.

9  The river of God is full of water;
you prepare grain for your people,
for so you provide for the earth.

10  You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges;
you soften the ground with showers and bless its increase.

11  You crown the year with your goodness,
and your paths overflow with plenty.

12  May the pastures of the wilderness flow with goodness
and the hills be girded with joy.

13  May the meadows be clothed with flocks of sheep
and the valleys stand so thick with corn
that they shall laugh and sing.

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

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.

Revelation 4.11

A period of silence for reflection on the reading may follow

Into your hands O Lord I commend my spirit.
Into your hands O Lord I commend my spirit.
For you have redeemed me O Lord 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. 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon)

In you, O Christ, there is a new creation.
The old has passed away, and all things are being made anew.

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

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.

In you, O Christ, there is a new creation.
The old has passed away, and all things are being made anew.


Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.

Silence may be kept

Let us commend ourselves and all for whom we pray
to the mercy and protection of God.

One or more of the following Collects is said

Heavenly Father and Lord of Life,
you have created the heavens and the earth,
the sun and the earth, the moon and the stars.
Grant that as now we take our rest,
we may awake strengthened to serve you
in the care of your good creation,
and with a song of praise on our lips;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Merciful God
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things
may obtain your promises
which exceed all that we can desire.

Be present o merciful God
and protect us through the silent hours of this night
so that we who are wearied by the changes
and chances of this fleeting world
may rest upon your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.

The Lord’s Prayer

As we come to the ending of the day,
let us pray as our Redeemer has taught us

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.

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.

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 upon us and grant us his peace.


the people blow out their candles and log off in silence……. 



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