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Wednesday 7 December 2016    (other days)
Wednesday of the 2nd week of Advent

Compline (Night Prayer)


INTRODUCTION
O God, come to our aid.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.

Examination of Conscience
This is an excellent moment for an examination of conscience. In a communal celebration of Compline, one of the penitential acts given in the Missal may be recited.

Hymn
Now that the daylight dies away,
By all thy grace and love,
Thee, Maker of the world, we pray
To watch our bed above.
Let dreams depart and phantoms fly,
The offspring of the night,
Keep us, like shrines, beneath thine eye,
Pure in our foe’s despite.
This grace on thy redeemed confer,
Father, co-equal Son,
And Holy Ghost, the Comforter,
Eternal Three in One.

Psalm 4
Thanksgiving
Lord, have mercy and hear me.
When I called out, he heard me, the God of my righteousness.
When I was in trouble, you gave me freedom:
  now, take pity on me and listen to my prayer.
Sons of men, how long will your hearts be heavy?
  Why do you seek for vain things?
  Why do you run after illusions?
Know that the Lord has done marvellous things
  for those he has chosen.
When I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.
Be vigorous, but do not sin:
  speak in the silence of your heart,
  in your bed, be at rest.
Offer righteousness as a sacrifice,
  and put your trust in the Lord.
Many are saying, Who will give us good things?
Let your face shine on us, Lord,
  let the light of your face be a sign.
You have given me a greater joy
  than the others receive
  from abundance of wheat and of wine.
In peace shall I sleep, Lord, in peace shall I rest:
  firm in the hope you have given me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
Lord, have mercy and hear me.

Psalm 133 (134)
Evening prayer in the Temple
Bless the Lord through the night.
Come, bless the Lord,
  all you servants of the Lord
  who stand through the night in the house of the Lord!
Lift up your arms to the sanctuary
  and bless the Lord!
May the Lord bless you from Zion –
  the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
Bless the Lord through the night.

Reading
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 ©
Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Short Responsory
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
You have redeemed us, Lord God of truth.
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

CanticleNunc Dimittis
Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.
Now, Master, you let your servant go in peace.
  You have fulfilled your promise.
My own eyes have seen your salvation,
  which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples.
A light to bring the Gentiles from darkness;
  the glory of your people Israel.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
Save us, Lord, while we are awake; protect us while we sleep; that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace.

Let us pray.
Visit this house, we pray you, Lord:
  drive far away from it all the snares of the enemy.
May your holy angels stay here and guard us in peace,
  and let your blessing be always upon us.
Through Christ our Lord,
Amen.

The Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

AMEN


Alma Redemptoris Mater

Kind mother of our Redeemer,
  the way to heaven for us, now and always,
  star of the sea,
  come to our help as we fall and strive to rise.
All nature stood still in wonder
  when you gave flesh
  to your own flesh’s Creator.
Virgin at Gabriel’s greeting,
  Virgin now and always –
  take pity on us sinners.
Alma Redemptóris Mater,
quæ pérvia cæli porta manes,
et stella maris,
succúrre cadénti,
súrgere qui curat, pópulo;
tu quæ genuísti, natúra miránte,
tuum sanctum Genitórem,
Virgo prius ac postérius,
Gabriélis ab ore
sumens illud Ave,
peccatórum miserére.

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