- 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 twelve 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 be 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.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Service of Compline
For centuries, the close of the monastic day has been the office of Compline, a time of prayer before sleep. This sung service includes Psalms, petitions, hymns, and other music, ending the day in prayerful meditation. Join us on Sunday, November 10, at 9 p.m. in the Nave as the men’s ensemble, Orison, will make its debut performance as part of the Church Street Master Arts Series in a Service of Compline. Here’s what to expect at the service: