Day 29 – Strength Training

Compline is a wonderful prayer to be used just before bed at the end of the day. It can be said alone or with your family. During Compline you will see many elements that we have discussed in Morning and Evening Prayer. There are some new elements that we will discuss here. Compline has a different opening format than the other prayer exercises:

The leader begins

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

The leader then says (1 John 1:9)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

There are four Psalms included in Compline. One or more of the following Psalms are to be said or sung:

Psalm 4:1-8

Psalm 31:1-5

Psalm 91:1-16

Psalm 134:1-3

Compline also includes some great versicle and response, short prayers and a collect.

Into Your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
You have redeemed us, Lord, God of truth.

Keep me as the apple of Your eye
Hide me under the shadow of Your wing.

Save us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that while we are awake we may watch with Christ, and when we sleep may rest in peace.

Lord, keep us this night without sin.
Lord have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

Lord, hear our prayer;
And let our cry to come to You.

Lighten our darkness, Lord, we pray: and in Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for love of Your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. AMEN.

We will lie down and take our rest
For it is in You, Lord, only, that we dwell in safety.

Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Let us praise Him and magnify Him for ever.

The almighty and most merciful God guard us and give us His blessing. AMEN.

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