COMPLINE

Sundays at 9:00pm during the academic year.

Compline begins Sunday August 24th, 2014.

Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
you that stand by night at the house of the Lord.
(Psalm 134)

 

The ancient choral service of Compline is held at 9 pm on Sunday evenings during the academic term. Candles offer the only light; the choir sings from an unseen loft at the north end of the crossing. The earliest formal description of Compline is found in the Rule of Saint Benedict, written in the early seventh century. St. Benedict  described in fewer than thirty words the form Compline would take for the next thousand years. He wanted the prayer kept simple: Psalm, hymn, chapter, blessing, and dismissal. "After Compline," he wrote, "no one may speak."

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