The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning 'completion' completorium.
It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. It is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without additions, conversation or noise.
If there is an address, or business to be done, it should come first. If the service is in church, those present depart in silence; if at home, they go quietly to bed.
How to Pray the Ancient and Powerful Office of the Dead
A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow. The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used.
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Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness :. O ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour :.
I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest :. And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence :.
For thou art my strong rock, and my castle :. Draw me out of the net, that they have laid privily for me :.
Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the Most High :. I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my stronghold :.
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For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter :. Throughout his episcopacy and in retirement, Archbishop Hannan remained a staunch supporter of Permanent Deacons and their ministry. In his last years, it was many dedicated Permanent Deacon who assisted the Archbishop in his recovery from a series of strokes, helped him to celebrate Mass and visited with him at his home in Covington.
Tonight, my responisbilities for both work and ministry obligations I committed to months ago prevented me from meeting up with my brother Deacons for this special evening of prayer.
Office of the Dead
I tried; I just ran out of time. So I look forward to reports from my brother Deacons and continue to keep Archbishop Hannan in my prayers. And I know he would highly approve of the evening of evangelization and ministry that kept me across the lake from the prayer service. Hannan's body will be moved tomorrow to St. Louis Cathedral and his funeral will be at 2 p.