Night Prayer (Compline)
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The tradition of the Church has been to reflect on the day that has passed before we go to sleep. A chance to give thanks for the good things that have happened; but also a time to think over the times when we have failed God and to ask for his forgiveness and strength to start again tomorrow.
Look back over the past day:
Who have I wronged or hurt in any way?
What have I thought that is wrong?
What have I said that is wrong?
What have I done wrong?
What have I failed to do?
After this time of reflection, you may say the Act of Contrition at this point.
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance,
to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us.
In his name, O Loving Father, have mercy on me. Amen.
Holy God, holy and strong,
holy and immortal, have mercy upon us.
The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon), Luke 2:29-32, is said.
Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: ♦
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation ♦
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
A light to reveal you to the nations ♦
and the glory of your people Israel.
Glory be to the Father etc...
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work,
or watch, or weep this night,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Lord Jesus, tend the sick, give rest to the weary,
bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous;
and all for your love's sake. Amen.
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.
Night prayer ends with one of the Marian Antiphon. Usually,
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy towards us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O Clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.