The office of Compline (Night prayer) comes from an ancient practice of daily prayers by Christian monastic communities. It is a good way to end the day in quiet contemplation and reflection upon the past day before commending oneself to God and a peaceful night’s sleep. The office should be said before going to bed in a quiet and calm way; a candle may be lit and you might like to sing a simple hymn.
thank you, Rev.Bryony,
As a ex-long serving member of St John the Baptist , Clowne, and now a member of Buxton parish, it is an excellent saying that ‘God moves in a mysterious way..’, I and my wife Vera are suffering self-isolation, and it occurred to me that one of the services which would help people was the one I was first introduced to many years ago in Clowne Church – that of Compline
I had looked it up and have suggested it to our Rector in Buxton -Rev Liz England. She has expressed interest, and we are following this up. I then continued my browsing, and still, though not having lived in Clowne for some 14 years, was so involved in St John’s, still consider it my Mother church. Lo and behold , the service of Compline. Although it only being mid-morning, your broadcast of the service gave us both much peace and comfort. I hope you have no objections to my sharing this with my newer friends in Buxton. May God go with you, and all my many friends in both Clowne and Barlborough Churches.
Dear Rev’d Bryony,
You might have heard of my darling Daddy, Lawrence Harris.
Anyway, thanks to Barbara Howe, who is a great friend of my Mother, Sharon Harris, and thanks to the fact that they have re-found the joy and fellowship of worship at Clowne and Barlborough, I have also been introduced to this website.
The Compline is a great comfort. I am so happy to be part of this online ‘world’. I have also shared it with my daughter, Olivia, who is on total lockdown in Spain as a student! We love singing hymns together!
I look forward to listening to your sermons and other podcasts here.
We live in strange times. Thank you so much for being there.