Compline – Monday

 

COMPLINE

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INTRODUCTION
O God, come to our aid.
 R:  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
Who have I hurt today?
Who has been on my mind today?
What am I mindful of?
(Prayer asking forgiveness)

Hymn
Angels wings are all embracing,
With the thoughts of him above,
Holy arms they lift us higher,
To the Throne of Grace and Love.
Gently resting on those feathers,
In the warmth of their embrace,
Rising up our minds from shadows,
To a place of ever Faith.
Like a swan who treads the river,
With her babes not far behind,
A group of Angels soaring upwards,
To raise the thoughts of all mankind.
Yet still within the bliss we protest,
Mistaking pain for downward flight,
Still each thorn it sends us soaring,
Like a child with upward kite
O blessed Angels pointing skyward,
Are Life’s tests which rest with me,
Taking me forever higher,
Rising upward by decree.
Without the pain we cannot reach him,
However long? We cannot say,
Long slender fingers promise rebirth,
But first the sins must die away.

Psalm 85 (86)
R: You are abounding in love and you are slow to anger
{85:1} A Prayer of David himself. Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear me. For I am needy and poor.
{85:2} Preserve my soul, for I am holy. My God, bring salvation to your servant who hopes in you.
{85:3} O Lord, be merciful to me, for I have cried out to you all day long.
{85:4} Give joy to the soul of your servant, for I have lifted up my soul to you, Lord.
{85:5} For you are sweet and mild, Lord, and plentiful in mercy to all who call upon you.
{85:6} Pay attention, Lord, to my prayer, and attend to the voice of my supplication.
{85:7} In the day of my tribulation, I cried out to you, because you heeded me.
{85:8} There is no one like you among the gods, O Lord, and there is no one like you in your works.
{85:9} All the nations, which you have made, will draw near and adore in your presence, O Lord. And they will glorify your name.
{85:10} For you are great, and you perform wonders. You alone are God.
{85:11} Lead me, O Lord, in your way, and I will walk in your truth. May my heart rejoice, so that it will fear your name.
{85:12} I will confess to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart. And I will glorify your name in eternity.
{85:13} For your mercy toward me is great, and you have rescued my soul from the lower part of Hell.
{85:14} O God, the iniquitous have risen up against me, and the synagogue of the powerful have sought my soul, and they have not placed you in their sight.
{85:15} And you, Lord God, are compassionate and merciful, being patient and full of mercy and truthful.
{85:16} Look down upon me and have mercy on me. Grant your authority to your servant, and bring salvation to the son of your handmaid.
{85:17} Make me a sign of what is good, so that those who hate me, may look and be confounded. For you, O Lord, have helped me and consoled me.
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.
R: You are abounding in love and you are slow to anger

Reading
1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
{5:9} For God has not appointed us for wrath, but for the acquisition of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
{5:10} who died for us, so that, whether we watch, or whether we sleep, we may live in union with him.

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: 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.
Lord, give us restful sleep;
  and grant that the work we have done today
  is planted for an eternal harvest.
Through Christ our Lord,
Amen.

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

AMEN


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 was composed by me.