Compline – Sunday

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.

Hymn
The lamp that lights all darkness,
Is drawn from sorrows vein,
Angels tend its lonely wick,
To see its glow remain,
Its rays spark soft and gentle,
Its red bears many scars,
Hang in the sky like ruby stones,
Amidst the twinkling stars.
The Angel’s blessed scourges,
Are brought to feed the flame,
Tortures, sorrows, death and woes,
Brought in Gods holy name,
The lamp can e’er be followed.
But never can be found,
Always lighting higher paths,
Which lead to holy ground

Psalm 90 (91)
His wings hide you;  night holds no terrors for you to be scared
{90:1} The Praise of a Canticle, of David. Whoever dwells with the assistance of the Most High will abide in the protection of the God of heaven.
{90:2} He will say to the Lord, “You are my supporter and my refuge.” My God, I will hope in him.
{90:3} For he has freed me from the snare of those who go hunting, and from the harsh word.
{90:4} He will overshadow you with his shoulders, and you will hope under his wings.
{90:5} His truth will surround you with a shield. You will not be afraid: before the terror of the night,
{90:6} before the arrow flying in the day, before the troubles that wander in the darkness, nor of invasion and the midday demon.
{90:7} A thousand will fall before your side and ten thousand before your right hand. Yet it will not draw near you.
{90:8} So then, truly, you will consider with your eyes, and you will see the retribution of sinners.
{90:9} For you, O Lord, are my hope. You have set the Most High as your refuge.
{90:10} Disaster will not draw near to you, and the scourge will not approach your tabernacle.
{90:11} For he has given his Angels charge over you, so as to preserve you in all your ways.
{90:12} With their hands, they will carry you, lest you hurt your foot against a stone.
{90:13} You will walk over the asp and the king serpent, and you will trample the lion and the dragon.
{90:14} Because he has hoped in me, I will free him. I will protect him because he has known my name.
{90:15} He will cry out to me, and I will heed him. I am with him in tribulation. I will rescue him, and I will glorify him.
{90:16} I will fill him with length of days. And I will reveal to him my salvation.
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.
His wings hide you;  night holds no terrors for you to be scared

Reading
Apocalypse 22:4-5
{22:4} And they shall see his face. And his name shall be on their foreheads.
{22:5} And night shall be no more. And they will not need the light of a lamp, nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illuminate them. And they shall reign forever and ever.

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.
God our Father,
  as we have celebrated today the mystery of the Lord’s rising,
  grant our  prayers:
free us from all despair
  that we may sleep without mental anguish
  and rise early and happy to sing your praise.
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 is composed by me.