TRADITIONAL COMPLINE 

 

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Preserve a time of silence for a minute before bidding goodnight.

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Appendix : Psalms for each day and the Readings.

Psalm 4 Monday

Refrain: In peace I will lie down and sleep.

1. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness; you set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2. How long will you nobles dishonour my glory; how long will you love vain things and seek after falsehood?

3. But know that the Lord has shown me his marvellous kindness;

when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4. Stand in awe, and sin not; commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. [R]

5. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness and put your trust in the Lord.


6. There are many that say, ‘Who will show us any good?’

Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.

7. You have put gladness in my heart, more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.

8. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in safety.

Refrain:  In peace I will lie down and sleep.

                Give us today, O God,
                a glad heart and a clear conscience,
                that when we come to this day’s end
                we may rest in peace with Christ our Lord

 

 

or


Psalm 31 Tuesday

Refrain: 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]

6. I hate those who cling to worthless idols; I put my trust in the Lord.

Refrain: 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.

Or

 

 

Psalm 91 Wednesday

1. Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,

2. Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold, my God, in whom I put my trust.’

3. For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

 

4. He shall cover you with his wings and you shall be safe under his feathers;

his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.

 

5. You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day;

6. Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.

 

7. Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, yet it shall not come near you.

8. Your eyes have only to behold to see the reward of the wicked.

9. Because you have made the Lord your refuge and the Most High your stronghold,

10. There shall no evil happen to you, neither shall any plague come near your tent.

 

11. For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

 

12. They shall bear you in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13. You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14. Because they have set their love upon me, therefore will I deliver them;

I will lift them up, because they know my name.

 

15. They will call upon me and I will answer them; I am with them in trouble,
I will deliver them and bring them to honour.

 

16. With long life will I satisfy them and show them my salvation.

Or

 

Psalm 134

Refrain: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

1. Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, you that by night stand in the house of the Lord.

2. Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary and bless the Lord.

 

3. The Lord who made heaven and earth give you blessing out of Zion.

Refrain: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Guard all your household, Lord,
through the dark night of faith,
and purify the hearts of those who wait on you,

until your kingdom dawns with the

rising of your Son,

Christ, the morning star.

Reading: Monday John 12:1-11

Tuesday John 12:20-36

Wednesday John 13:21-32

Common Worship: Daily Prayer, material from which is included here, is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2005 and published by Church House Publishing.

 
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