Compline: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on June 21, 2023

Compline as Night Prayer Many of us are accustomed to saying a quick prayer before bed. The church has a formal tradition of doing this called Compline, the final of four prayer times collectively called the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer. Unlike the two principal offices, Morning and Evening Prayer, Compline (as…

The Consolations of Compline in Quarantine (and Beyond)

Posted on June 18, 2020

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…

What is Compline?

Posted on August 3, 2017

As you are browsing through the Daily Office of the 2019 Book of Common Prayer, 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…

Compline To Complete the Day

Posted on February 2, 2016

‘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…