Compline - Late Night Prayer
Compline emerged in the life of the church in the 300s as bedtime prayers of monks in their dormitories. In the late middle ages, Compline was said daily in churches. Following similar moves by other provinces of the Anglican Communion in the early twentieth century, including the Church of Ireland, the Church of England, and the Anglican Church of Canada, Compline was restored to the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church in 1979, It is a service filled with tranquility and peace.
Although the recordings below are of spoken services, at Saint Luke's, we sing the service of Compline on Mondays during the season of Advent using ancient melodies. It is a wonderful way to refocus during those frenetic days in the lead-up to Christmas.