The Consolations of Compline in Quarantine (and Beyond)

In the shadow of a global pandemic and the uncertainty it has brought to every aspect of life, I have found myself drawn again and again to the Compline service in the Book of Common Prayer. I have especially found deep comfort in the service’s collects and prayers, which deftly blend a realism about the contingencies of life with an [...]

By |2020-06-17T09:47:41-05:00June 18th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , , |1 Comment

What is Compline?

As you are browsing through the Daily Office of your 1979 BCP or “Texts for Common Prayer” for the ACNA, you will run into an order of liturgy called “Compline.” Maybe you’re familiar with Compline and maybe you’re not. It doesn’t really matter…yet. In either case, this ancient prayer hour is prayed at the conclusion of every day and ought [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:41-06:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |4 Comments

Compline To Complete the Day

‘The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end." Thus begins Compline, the final service of the Daily Office. We ask for the grace and peace of God during the long night hours ahead. We ask for ‘a perfect end.’ Then follows a brief confession of sin to end the day, but to me, a confession has [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:40:54-06:00February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |4 Comments