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

Liturgy of the Hours


  • Monday 10 February 2020

    Monday of week 5 in Ordinary Time

    Compline (Night Prayer)
    (today)

    The Compline after First or Second Vespers of a Sunday may be substituted for the Compline of a weekday.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    Psalm 85 (86)
    A poor man's prayer in time of trouble


    “Blessed be God, who comforts us in all our sorrows” (2 Cor 1:3-4).

    You, Lord God, are slow to anger, abounding in love.

    Turn your ear, O Lord, and give answer
        for I am poor and needy.
    Preserve my life, for I am faithful;
        save the servant who trusts in you.

    You are my God, have mercy on me, Lord,
        for I cry to you all the day long.
    Give joy to your servant, O Lord,
        for to you I lift up my soul.

    O Lord, you are good and forgiving,
        full of love to all who call.
    Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer
        and attend to the sound of my voice.

    In the day of distress I will call
        and surely you will reply.
    Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;
        nor work to compare with yours.

    All the nations shall come to adore you
        and glorify your name, O Lord:
    for you are great and do marvellous deeds,
        you who alone are God.

    Show me, Lord, your way
        so that I may walk in your truth.
        Guide my heart to fear your name.

    I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart
        and glorify your name for ever;
    for your love to me has been great:
        you have saved me from the depths of the grave.

    The proud have risen against me;
        ruthless men seek my life;
        to you they pay no heed.

    But you, God of mercy and compassion,
        slow to anger, O Lord,
    abounding in love and truth,
        turn and take pity on me.

    O give your strength to your servant
        and save your handmaid’s son.
    Show me a sign of your favour
        that my foes may see to their shame
        that you console me and give me your help.

    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.

    You, Lord God, are slow to anger, abounding in love.


    Psalm-prayer

    God of mercy and goodness, when Christ called out to you in torment, you heard him and gave him victory over death because of his love for you. We already know the affection you have for us; fill us with a greater love of your name and we will proclaim you more boldly before men and happily lead them to celebrate your glory.


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    Short Reading
    1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

    God chose us to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us in order that we might live together with him, whether we are alive or dead when he comes.


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    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.


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    Canticle
    Nunc Dimittis
    Christ is the light of the nations and the glory of Israel

    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.

    At last, all-powerful Master,
        you give leave to your servant
        to go in peace, according to your promise.

    For my eyes have seen your salvation
        which you have prepared for all nations,
    the light to enlighten the Gentiles
        and give glory to Israel, your people.

    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.


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    Let us pray.

    Lord, give our bodies restful sleep;
        and let the work we have done today
        be sown for an eternal harvest.
    Through Christ our Lord,
    Amen.


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


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    Marian Anthem


    Ave Regina Caelorum

    Hail, Queen of heaven, beyond compare,
    To whom the angels homage pay;
    Hail, Root of Jesse, Gate of Light,
    That opened for the world’s new Day.

    Rejoice, O Virgin unsurpassed,
    In whom our ransom was begun,
    For all your loving children pray
    To Christ, our Saviour and your Son.


    Ave, Regína cælórum,
    ave, Dómina angelórum,
    salve, radix, salve, porta,
    ex qua mundo lux est orta.

    Gaude, Virgo gloriósa,
    super omnes speciósa;
    vale, o valde decóra,
    et pro nobis Christum exóra.


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