Compline – Wednesday

 

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
Gentle drops of rain upon the ground,
Mourning lost forever happy sounds,
A reflecting pool for thinkers wandering round,
Leaning on the Arms of the Beloved
Memories of youth in distant past,
Swirling round a huge transmitter mast,
While Angels whisper “nothing here does last”,
Leaning on the Arms of the Beloved
Staring in the pool with heavy eyes,
While Angels fingers point to Paradise,
Reflecting back a death I recognise,
Leaning on the Arms of the Beloved
A soft sweet figure swirls around my head,
It asks “why seek ye life amongst the dead?
Him you’ll find in all the paths you tread”
Leaning on the Arms of the Beloved
Gods unfoldment takes another turn,
Angels turn the wheel, new things begun
Presenting God anew to everyone,
Leaning on the Arms of the Beloved

Psalm 30 (31)
O God, be my protector and  rescue me.
{30:1} Unto the end. A Psalm of David according to an ecstasy.
{30:2} In you, Lord, I have hoped; let me never be confounded. In your justice, deliver me.
{30:3} Incline your ear to me. Hasten to rescue me. Be for me a protector God and a house of refuge, so as to accomplish my salvation.
{30:4} For you are my strength and my refuge; and for the sake of your name, you will lead me and nourish me.
{30:5} You will lead me out of this snare, which they have hidden for me. For you are my protector.
{30:6} Into your hands, I commend my spirit. You have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.
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 God, be my protector and  rescue me.

Psalm 129 (130)
From deep within me I cry to you, O Lord.
{129:1} A Canticle in steps. From the depths, I have cried out to you, O Lord.
{129:2} O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
{129:3} If you, O Lord, were to heed iniquities, who, O Lord, could persevere?
{129:4} For with you, there is forgiveness, and because of your law, I persevered with you, Lord. My soul has persevered in his word.
{129:5} My soul has hoped in the Lord.
{129:6} From the morning watch, even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
{129:7} For with the Lord there is mercy, and with him there is bountiful redemption.
{129:8} And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
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.
From deep within me I cry to you, O Lord.

Reading
Ephesians 4:26-27
{4:26} “Be angry, but do not be willing to sin.” Do not let the sun set over your anger.
{4:27} Provide no place for the devil.

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.
Lord Jesus Christ,
  Your heart is meek and humble,
you offer to your followers
  a yoke that is good to carry,
  a burden that is not heavy.
Accept, we implore of you, our prayer and work of this day,
  and grant us the rest we seek
  that we may be prepared to serve you,
  who lives and reigns for 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.