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The Revd Philip Cochrane
The Revd Philip Cochrane
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
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An Order for Night Prayer (Compline) from Pentecost

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

Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

A period for Examen on the past day may follow.

We reflect on the day:
For the love shared
We are grateful

For provision and nurture
We are grateful

For kindness given
We are grateful.

For the sorrow we’ve caused,
we pray for forgiveness

For injustices ignored,
we pray for forgiveness.

For the encounters with God today, in stranger and friend,
We bid you welcome.

For the encounters missed today,
We know that you always see us
even when we don’t see you.

For tomorrow,
May we see you
in ways expected and unexpected.

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used


Most merciful God,
we confess to you,
before the whole company of heaven and one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed
and in what we have failed to do.
Forgive us our sins,
heal us by your Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.


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

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Alleluia.

The following or another suitable hymn may be sung

Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.

From evil dreams defend our sight,
From fears and terrors of the night;
Tread underfoot our deadly foe
That we no sinful thought may know.

O Father, that we ask be done
Through Jesus Christ, your only Son;
And Holy Spirit, by whose breath
Our souls are raised to life from death.

The Word of God

Psalmody. The following psalm may be used.
Psalm 31 vv 1-5, 19-end
Into your hands I commend my spirit.

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame; ♦
deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Incline your ear to me; ♦
make haste to deliver me.
3 Be my strong rock, a fortress to save me,
for you are my rock and my stronghold; ♦
guide me, and lead me for your name’s sake.
4 Take me out of the net
that they have laid secretly for me, ♦
for you are my strength.
5 Into your hands I commend my spirit, ♦
for you have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. R
19 How abundant is your goodness, O Lord,
which you have laid up for those who fear you; ♦
which you have prepared in the sight of all
for those who put their trust in you.
20 You hide them in the shelter of your presence
from those who slander them; ♦
you keep them safe in your refuge from the strife of tongues.
21 Blessed be the Lord! ♦
For he has shown me his steadfast love
when I was as a city besieged.
22 I had said in my alarm,
‘I have been cut off from the sight of your eyes.’ ♦
Nevertheless, you heard the voice of my prayer
when I cried out to you. R
23 Love the Lord, all you his servants; ♦
for the Lord protects the faithful,
but repays to the full the proud.
24 Be strong and let your heart take courage, ♦
all you who wait in hope for the Lord.]

Into your hands I commend my spirit.

Lord Jesus Christ,
when scorn and shame besiege us
and hope is veiled in grief,
hold us in your wounded hands
and make your face shine on us again,
for you are our Lord and God.

At the end of the psalmody, the following is said or sung

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Short Reading: the following or some other


Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5.6,7


The following responsory may be said

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Keep me as the apple of your eye.
Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

Gospel Canticle - The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said

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

1 Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: ♦
your word has been fulfilled.

2 My own eyes have seen the salvation ♦
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
3 A light to reveal you to the nations ♦
and the glory of your people Israel.
Luke 2.29-32

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

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

THE PRAYERS
Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.

The Collect of the day is said, at the conclusion, all respond
Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer
Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us pray as our Saviour taught us,

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

THE CONCLUSION

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,
so do we look for you, O Christ.

The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.
Amen.