3.00pm on Wednesday 16 October 2019

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)
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
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 143

Refrain: Show me, O Lord, the way that I should walk in.

1Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and in your faithfulness give ear to my supplications;
answer me in your righteousness.

2Enter not into judgement with your servant,
for in your sight shall no one living be justified.

3For the enemy has pursued me,
crushing my life to the ground,
making me sit in darkness like those long dead.

4My spirit faints within me;
my heart within me is desolate. R

5I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds;
I consider the works of your hands.

6I stretch out my hands to you;
my soul gasps for you like a thirsty land.

7O Lord, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me;
hide not your face from me
lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.

8Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
for in you I put my trust;
show me the way I should walk in,
for I lift up my soul to you. R

9Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies,
for I flee to you for refuge.

10Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God;
let your kindly spirit lead me on a level path.

11Revive me, O Lord, for your name

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