Traditional Prayers for Anglican Catholics
         
       
   

AN ORDER FOR COMPLINE

Introduction

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

v. 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)

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

v. O God, make speed to save us.    
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.

v. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost;    
R. As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

v. Praise ye the Lord.    
R. The Lord's Name be praised.


Psalmody

Then shall be said or sung one or more of the following Psalms: Psalm 4, Psalm 31:1-6, Psalm 91 or Psalm 134.

At the end of each psalm:

v. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost :
R. As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.
Scripture Lesson

Then shall be read one of the following short Lessons,
or some other passage of holy Scripture at the discretion of the Minister:

Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us,
and we are called by thy name.
Leave us not, O Lord our God. (Jeremiah 14:9)

Or

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart;
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Or

Now the God of peace,
that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great Shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
make you perfect in every good work
to do his will,
working In you that which is well-pleasing in his sight;
through Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13: 20-21)

To which the people shall answer: Thanks be to God.


Responsory

v. Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit;
R. Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

v. For thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth;
R. I commend my spirit.

v. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R. Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.


Office Hymn

Either of these hymns, or another hymn shall be sung.

I

Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That with thy wonted favour thou
Wouldst be our guard and keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our eyes,
From nightly fears and fantasies;
Tread under foot our ghostly foe,
That no pollution we may know.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

II

Hail, gladdening Light, of his pure glory poured
Who is th'immortal Father, heavenly, blest,
Holiest of Holies - Jesus Christ our Lord!

Now we are come to the sun's hour of rest;
The lights of evening round us shine;
We hymn the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit divine!

Worthiest art thou at all times to be sung
With undefiled tongue,
Son of our God, giver of life, alone:
Therefore in all the world
thy glories, Lord, they own. Amen.

v. Keep us as the apple of an eye;
R. Hide us under the shadow of thy wings.


Nunc Dimittis

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

1. + Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace:
according to thy word.
2. For mine eyes have seen : thy salvation,
3. Which thou hast prepared :
before the face of all people;
4. To be a light to lighten the gentiles :
and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

v. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

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

The Apostles' Creed

v. I believe in God
R. the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholick Church;
The Communion of Saints:
The Forgiveness of sins:
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

v. The Lord be with you.    
R. And with thy spirit.

v. Let us pray.  

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

v. Our Father
R. who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thykingdom 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.

v. Blessed art thou, Lord God of our fathers;
R. To be praised and glorified above all for ever.

v. Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;
R. Let us praise him and magnify him for ever.

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

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

Then shall the Minister and people say together the Confession and the Prayer for Forgiveness following.
We confess to God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,
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
and deliver us from all evil,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and bring us to life everlasting;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If a priest be present, the Prayer for Forgiveness is not said. Instead the priest shall pronounce the following 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.

Then shall be said:

v. Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us;
R. That thy people may rejoice in thee?

v. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us;
R. And grant us thy salvation.

v. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin;
R. O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

v. O Lord, hear our prayer;
R. And let our cry come unto thee.

v. Let us pray.

Then shall be said one or more of the following Collects
Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, this place,
and drive from it all the snares of the enemy ;
let thy holy angels dwell herein
to preserve us in peace;
and may thy blessing be upon us evermore;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
who at this evening hour didst rest in the sepulchre,
and didst thereby sanctify the grave to be a bed of hope to thy people;
Make us so to abound in sorrow for our sins,
which were the cause of thy passion,
that when our bodies lie in the dust,
our souls may live with thee;
who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost,
one God world without end. Amen.

Look down, O Lord, from thy heavenly throne,
illuminate the darkness of this night with thy celestial brightness,
and from the sons of light
banish the deeds of darkness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Be present, O merciful God,
and protect us through the silent hours of this night,
so that we who are wearied
by the changes and chances of this fleeting world,
may repose upon thy eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

v. The Lord be with you;
R. And with thy spirit.

v. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

v. The Almighty and merciful Lord,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;
bless and preserve us.
R. Amen.