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Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

Liturgy of the Hours

  • Compline (Night Prayer)


    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  
    This is an excellent moment for an examination of conscience. In a communal celebration of Compline, one of the penitential acts given in the Missal may be recited.

    Hymn  
    Now that the daylight dies away,
    By all thy grace and love,
    Thee, Maker of the world, we pray
    To watch our bed above.
    Let dreams depart and phantoms fly,
    The offspring of the night,
    Keep us, like shrines, beneath thine eye,
    Pure in our foe’s despite.
    This grace on thy redeemed confer,
    Father, co-equal Son,
    And Holy Ghost, the Comforter,
    Eternal Three in One.

    Psalm 30 (31)
    Trustful prayer in time of adversity
    O God, be my protector and my refuge.
    In you, Lord, I put my trust: may I never be put to shame.
      In your justice, set me free,
    Turn your ear to me,
      make haste to rescue me.
    Be my rampart, my fortification;
      keep me safe.
    For you are my strength and my refuge:
      you will lead me out to the pastures,
      for your own name’s sake.
    You will lead me out of the trap that they laid for me –
      for you are my strength.
    Into your hands I commend my spirit:
      you have redeemed me, 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 my refuge.

    Psalm 129 (130)
    Out of the depths
    Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
    Out of the depths I have cried to you, Lord:
      Lord, hear my voice.
    Let your ears listen out
      for the voice of my pleading.
    If you took notice of our transgressions, Lord –
      Lord, who would be left?
    But with you is forgiveness,
      and for this we revere you.
    I rely on you, Lord,
      my spirit relies on your promise;
    my soul hopes in the Lord,
      more than the watchman for daybreak.
    More than the watchman for daybreak,
      let Israel hope in the Lord:
    for with the Lord there is kindness
      and abundant redemption.
    He himself will redeem Israel
      from all its transgressions.
    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.
    Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

    Short Reading Ephesians 4:26-27 ©
    Do not let resentment lead you into sin; the sunset must not find you still angry. Do not give the devil his opportunity.

    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
    Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.
    Now, Master, you let your servant go in peace.
      You have fulfilled your promise.
    My own eyes have seen your salvation,
      which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples.
    A light to bring the Gentiles from darkness;
      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.
    Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.

    Let us pray.
    Lord Jesus Christ,
      meek and humble of heart,
    you offer to those who follow you
      a yoke that is good to bear,
      a burden that is light.
    Accept, we beg you, our prayer and work of this day,
      and grant us the rest we need
      that we may be ever more willing to serve you,
      who live and reign for ever and ever.
    Amen.

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

    Marian Anthem

    Salve Regina

    Hail to you, O Queen, mother of loving kindness,
      our life, our happiness, our hope.
    Hear us cry out to you,
      children of Eve in our exile.
    Hear as we sigh, with groaning and weeping
      in this life, in this valley of tears.
    Come then, our Advocate, turn towards us
      the gaze of your kind and loving eyes.
    And show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb,
      when at last our exile here is ended.
    O gentle, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.
    Salve, Regína, mater misericórdiæ;
    vita, dulcédo et spes nostra, salve.
    Ad te clamámus, éxsules, filii Evæ.
    Ad te suspirámus, geméntes et flentes
    in hac lacrimárum valle.
    Eia ergo, advocáta nostra,
    illos tuos misericórdes óculos
    ad nos convérte.
    Et Iesum, benedíctum fructum ventris tui,
    nobis post hoc exsílium osténde.
    O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo María.

     

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