Compline – Friday

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INTRODUCTION
O God, come to our aid.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
  and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
  is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.

Examination of Conscience
Reflect on the day and asking God for forgiveness

Hymn
Oh looming angel how you scold me,
forcing me to grow by day,
Honoured touch your lashes hurt me
still there is no other way,
Stubbornly I try to protest
as you raise the sword in hand,
sent by him who knows me better,
holds my life upon his hand,
Screeching on the ground with loathing
like a demon lost in hell.
Blessed lash you cleanse each moment
for my soul you will not sell
Your wings I hear them crash above me
brilliant white like clouds in sky
Legs like steel and eyes so fiery
I have no choice to do or die.
Blessed being soar above me
rain down truth to wash me clean.
Purer brighter understanding
From the worlds of all unseen.

Psalm 87 (88)
O Lord, God of my salvation: I have cried out, day and night, in your presence.
{87:1} A Canticle Psalm to the sons of Korah. Unto the end. For Mahalath, to answer the understanding of Heman the Ezrahite.
{87:2} O Lord, God of my salvation: I have cried out, day and night, in your presence.
{87:3} Let my prayer enter in your sight. Incline your ear to my petition.
{87:4} For my soul has been filled with evils, and my life has drawn near to Hell.
{87:5} I am considered to be among those who will descend into the pit. I have become like a man without assistance,
{87:6} idle among the dead. I am like the wounded sleeping in sepulchers, whom you no longer remember, and who have been repelled by your hand.
{87:7} They have lain me in the lower pit: in dark places and in the shadow of death.
{87:8} Your fury has been confirmed over me. And you have brought all your waves upon me.
{87:9} You have sent my acquaintances far from me. They have set me as an abomination to themselves. I was handed over, yet I did not depart.
{87:10} My eyes languished before destitution. All day long, I cried out to you, O Lord. I stretched out my hands to you.
{87:11} Will you perform wonders for the dead? Or will physicians raise to life, and so confess to you?
{87:12} Could anyone declare your mercy in the sepulcher, or your truth from within perdition?
{87:13} Will your wonders be known in the darkness, or your justice in the land of oblivion?
{87:14} And I have cried out to you, O Lord, and in early morning, my prayer will come before you.
{87:15} Lord, why do you reject my prayer? Why do you turn your face away from me?
{87:16} I am poor, and I have been amid hardships from my youth. And, though I have been exalted, I am humbled and disturbed.
{87:17} Your wrath has crossed into me, and your terrors have disturbed me.
{87:18} They have surrounded me like water, all day long. They have surrounded me, all at once.
{87:19} Friend and neighbor, and my acquaintances, you have sent far away from me, away from misery.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
  and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
  is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
O Lord, God of my salvation: I have cried out, day and night, in your presence.

Reading
Jeremiah 14:9
But you, O Lord, are with us, and your name is invoked over us, so do not abandon us!”

Short Responsory
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
– Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth.
– Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
– Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

Canticle Nunc Dimittis
Response: Save us, Lord, in our waking hours; protect us in our resting hours; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him without fear.
Luke 2:  29-32
{2:29} “Now you may dismiss your servant in peace, O Lord, according to your word.
{2:30} For my eyes have seen your salvation,
{2:31} which you have prepared before the face of all peoples:
{2:32} the light of revelation to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.”
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
  and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
  is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
Response: Save us, Lord, in our waking hours; protect us in our resting hours; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him without fear.

Let us pray.
All-powerful God,
keep us united with your Son Jesus
Both in his death and burial and resurrection
so that we may rise to new life with him,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

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

AMEN


Marian Anthem

Alma Redemptoris Mater

Kind mother of our Redeemer,
  the way to heaven for us, now and always,
  star of the sea,
  come to our help as we fall and strive to rise.
All nature stood still in wonder
  when you gave flesh
  to your own flesh’s Creator.
Virgin at Gabriel’s greeting,
  Virgin now and always –
  take pity on us sinners.
Alma Redemptóris Mater,
quæ pérvia cæli porta manes,
et stella maris,
succúrre cadénti,
súrgere qui curat, pópulo;
tu quæ genuísti, natúra miránte,
tuum sanctum Genitórem,
Virgo prius ac postérius,
Gabriélis ab ore
sumens illud Ave,
peccatórum miserére.
Please note that the readings in this prayer are from the the Catholic Public Domain Bible at http://www.sacredbible.org.  Any resemblance to any other Bible Translations or liturgical copyrighted works printed or digital, is purely co-incidental. The Hymn is composed by me.
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