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20 December

Compline (Night Prayer)


INTRODUCTION
Deus, in adiutórium meum inténde.
  Dómine, ad adiuvándum me festína.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen. Allelúia.
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.

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.


Hymnus
Te lucis ante términum,
rerum creátor, póscimus,
ut sólita cleméntia
sis præsul ad custódiam.
Te corda nostra sómnient,
te per sopórem séntiant,
tuámque semper glóriam
vicína luce cóncinant.
Vitam salúbrem tríbue,
nostrum calórem réfice
tætram noctis calíginem
tua collústret cláritas.
Præsta, Pater omnípotens,
per Iesum Christum Dóminum,
qui tecum in perpétuum
regnat cum Sancto Spíritu. Amen.
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.

Psalmus 4:2-9
Gratiarum actio
Miserére mei, Dómine, et exáudi oratiónem meam.
2Cum invocárem, exaudívit me Deus iustítiæ meæ.*
  In tribulatióne dilatásti mihi;
miserére mei*
  et exáudi oratiónem meam.
3Fílii hóminum, úsquequo gravi corde?*
  Ut quid dilígitis vanitátem et quǽritis mendácium?
4Et scitóte quóniam mirificávit Dóminus
sanctum suum;*
  Dóminus exáudiet, cum clamávero ad eum.
5Irascímini et nolíte peccáre;†
  loquímini in córdibus vestris,*
  in cubílibus vestris et conquiéscite.
6Sacrificáte sacrifícium iustítiæ*
  et speráte in Dómino.
7Multi dicunt: «Quis osténdit nobis bona?».*
  Leva in signum super nos lumen vultus tui, Dómine!
8Maiórem dedísti lætítiam in corde meo,*
  quam cum multiplicántur fruméntum et vinum eórum.
9In pace in idípsum dórmiam et requiéscam,*
  quóniam tu, Dómine, singuláriter in spe constituísti me.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Miserére mei, Dómine, et exáudi oratiónem meam.
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.

Psalmus 133:1-3
Vespertina oratio in templo
Laudem dicite Deo nostro, omnes servi eius et qui timetis eum, pusilli et magni!” (Ap 19, 5).
In nóctibus benedícite Dóminum.
1Ecce benedícite Dóminum, omnes servi Dómini,*
  qui statis in domo Dómini per noctes.
2Extóllite manus vestras ad sanctuárium*
  et benedícite Dóminum.
3Benedícat te Dóminus ex Sion,*
  qui fecit cælum et terram.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
In nóctibus benedícite Dóminum.
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.

Lectio
Deuteronomy 6:4-7
Audi Israel: Dóminus Deus noster Dóminus unus est. Díliges Dóminum Deum tuum ex toto corde tuo et ex tota ánima tua et ex tota fortitúdine tua. Erúntque verba hæc, quæ ego præcípio tibi hódie, in corde tuo, et inculcábis ea fíliis tuis et loquéris ea sedens in domo tua et ámbulans in itínere, decúmbens atque consúrgens.
Reading
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 ©
Listen, Israel: the Lord our God is the one Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength. Let these words I urge on you today be written on your heart. You shall repeat them to your children and say them over to them whether at rest in your house or walking abroad, at your lying down or at your rising.

Responsorium breve
℟. In manus tuas, Dómine, * comméndo spíritum meum. In manus.
℣. Redemísti nos, Dómine Deus veritátis. * Comméndo spíritum meum. Glória Patri. In manus.
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.

Canticum
Christus lumen gentium et gloria Israel
Salva nos, Dómine, vigilántes, custódi nos dormiéntes, ut vigilémus cum Christo et requiescámus in pace.
29Nunc dimíttis servum tuum, Dómine,*
  secúndum verbum tuum in pace,
30quia vidérunt óculi mei*
  salutáre tuum,
31quod parásti*
  ante fáciem ómnium populórum,
32lumen ad revelatiónem géntium*
  et glóriam plebis tuæ Israel.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Salva nos, Dómine, vigilántes, custódi nos dormiéntes, ut vigilémus cum Christo et requiescámus in pace.
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.

Orémus
  Vísita nos, quæsumus, Dómine, hac nocte præsénti, ut, dilúculo tua virtúte surgéntes, de resurrectióne Christi tui gaudére valeámus. Qui vivit et regnat in sæcula sæculórum.
  Amen.
Let us pray.
Come to visit us, Lord, this night,
  so that by your strength we may rise at daybreak
  to rejoice in the resurrection of Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

Noctem quiétam et finem perféctum concédat nobis Dóminus omnípotens.
The Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

AMEN


Alma Redemptoris Mater
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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