Here's what to expect when you attend the service:
- A service late in the day – historically, Compline is the final church service of the day, that's why it's at 9 p.m.
- A time for quietness and reflection – there will be no speaking, you will participate by listening and praying along with the Psalms. You will hear mostly chanted unison singing, along with a couple of motets (selections sung in parts) by the 12 men's voices. With only one exception, the service is sung in English.
- A dimly lit Nave – the lights will be on low and there will votive candles all around the Nave. There are no printed bulletins or programs.
- A multi-sensory service – you will experience the smoke of burning incense which is interpreted as a symbol of the prayer of the faithful rising to heaven. You'll hear the random ringing of the tower bells to indicate the beginning and ending of the service.