Wednesday 29 April 2020: Compline

Topic: Wednesday Evening Compline
Time: Apr 29, 2020 07:30 PM Dublin

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Stand  The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

A SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE Brethren, be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist, steadfast in the faith.                1 Peter 5: 8, 9

But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.  Thanks be to God.

O God, make speed to save us.  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.

Praise ye the Lord.  The Lord’s Name be praised.

A Psalm or Psalms as appointed or the following psalm:  Psalm 23  Dominus regit me.  1 The Lord is my shepherd ■     therefore can I lack nothing.  2 He shall feed me in a green pasture ■    and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.  3 He shall convert my soul ■    and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness, for his Name’s sake.  4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,     I will fear no evil ■    For thou art with me;     thy rod and thy staff comfort me.  5 Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me ■    thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.  6 But thy loving-kindness and mercy shall follow me     all the days of my life ■    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.  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.

John 21: 1-14 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the lake. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.


Stand  Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.  For thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.

Before the ending of the day,  creator of the world, we pray  that thou with wonted love wouldst keep  thy watch around us while we sleep.

O let no evil dreams be near,  or phantoms of the night appear;  our ghostly enemy restrain,  lest aught of sin our bodies stain.

All praise be thine, O risen Lord, from death to endless life restored; whom with the Father, we adore, and Holy Spirit, evermore. Amen.


SHEPHERD OF TENDER YOUTH Shepherd of tender youth, guiding in love and truth through winding ways: Christ, our triumphant King, we come your name to sing; here we our children bring to shout your praise.

You are our holy Lord, the all-subduing Word, healer of strife; you did yourself abase, that from sin’s deep disgrace you might now save our race, and give us life.

Forever be our Guide, our Shepherd and our pride, our staff and song; Jesus, O Christ of God, by your enduring Word, lead us where you have trod, make our faith strong.

Clement of Alexandria (c.170- c.220) tr. Henry Martyn Dexter (1821-90)

The following responsory may be said: Keep me as the apple of an eye.  Hide me under the shadow of thy wings.

Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping,  that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

NUNC DIMITTIS  The Song of Simeon  Luke 2: 29-32  1 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, ■    according to thy word.  2 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, ■      which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;  3 To be a light to lighten the Gentiles ■      and to be the glory of thy 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.

Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping,  that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

PRAYER Kneel  Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us.  Christ, have mercy upon us.  Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father, who art in heaven,  Hallowed be thy Name,  Thy kingdom come,  Thy will be done,  On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses,  As we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation,  But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Blessed art thou, Lord God of our fathers,  to be praised and glorified above all for ever;

Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Let us praise him and magnify him for ever.

Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of  heaven  to be praised and glorified above all for ever.

The Almighty and most merciful Lord guard us and give us his blessing.  Amen.

CONFESSION  A prayerful examination of the past day may be undertaken after which the following or other suitable words of penitence may be used We confess to God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,  That we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, Through our own  grievous fault. Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us.  Almighty God, have mercy upon us, Forgive us all our sins, Deliver us  from all evil, Confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, And bring us  to life everlasting; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The priest, when present, pronounces the absolution.  May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us  that thy people may rejoice in thee?  O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us  and grant us thy salvation.  Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin.  O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.  O Lord, hear our prayer  and let our cry come unto thee.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, by triumphing over the powers of darkness Christ has prepared a place for us in the new Jerusalem: may we, who give thanks for his resurrection, praise him in the eternal city of which he is the light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, thou givest us the joy of celebrating our Lord’s resurrection. Bestow on us also the joys of life in thy service, and bring us at last to the full joy of eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit,  one God, now and for ever. Amen.

We will lay us down in peace and take our rest.  For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.

The Lord be with you  and with thy spirit.

Let us bless the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

May the risen Lord Jesus bless us. May he watch over us and renew us as he renews the whole of creation. May our hearts and lives echo his love. Amen.