Monday, March 5, 2012

A look at compline

From the blog Orthodox Women...

Each year during Lent, many of us are blessed with the service of compline at least on Mondays during the fast, if not also on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The service is customary for the end of the day (after Vespers and before the Midnight Office) and is celebrated regularly in the monasteries. There are reader versions available (see here) which we may also do in our own homes as our evening prayers.The English word “compline” actually comes from the latin completorium, which means “at the end of the work day.”

The service focuses around a theme of repentance, entreating the Lord to forgive us of our numerous sins during the course of the day and to protect us from the ‘evil fantasies of the night’ and ‘the darts of the evil one which are insidiously thrown against us’

Compline is sectioned into the following part...

Complete post here.

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