Night Prayer

by Lolly Rosemond

“The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.”

It is quiet now.  Trouble, our twelve-year-old hound, has settled down after sending his final message to the dog two blocks over.  The TV is off.  Any news can wait until morning.

I pull out my prayer book and open to Compline, then scroll down on Facebook to pick up the night’s offering.

“Our help is in the Name of the Lord
The maker of heaven and earth.”

I love Compline.  Many years ago, before we had The Gathering, John and I were part of a study group that met on Sunday evening.  We started out using the Kerygma materials and even after we had exhausted those and moved on to other readings, the name stuck.  We ended each session with Compline.

Now, reading Compline with members of our clergy and staff, I realize how much it has given substance to my own evening prayers.  Even my arrow prayer is “Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace.”

"Thanks be to God” and to those who keep us together in spirit even when we may be apart.  You have given us our daily bread.

This is first in a series of posts called, "Our Daily Bread." St. John's parishioner Lolly Rosemond reflects on Compline, and the quiet, substance, and connection she finds in the evening prayer. If you'd like to pray Compline with St. John's clergy and staff, please visit St. John's You Tube page. The Book of Common Prayer's Order for Compline and the other prayers in the Daily Office can be found at this link:

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