2.05am on Thursday 26 November 2020

Night Prayer (Compline) in Contemporary Language

Please note: Daily Prayer provided by the official Church of England web site, © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2002-2004.

An Order for Night Prayer (Compline)
Friday, 27 November 2020


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

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.

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


Psalm 139 vv 1-18

Refrain: Search me out, O God, and know my heart.

1O Lord, you have searched me out and known me;
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

2You mark out my journeys and my resting place
and are acquainted with all my ways.

3For there is not a word on my tongue,
but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

4You encompass me behind and before
and lay your hand upon me.

5Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
so high that I cannot attain it. R

6Where can I go then from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?

7If I climb up to heaven, you are there;
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

8If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

9Even there your hand shall lead me,
your right hand hold me fast.

10If I say,

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