by Sr Fidelis
We’ve been looking at the four elements that make up the Divine Office; Psalmody, Hymns, Readings, and Prayers. This week, we’ll listen to Compline, and hear how each of the elements support the service. Many of the elements are in Latin, because that was the original language of the chant, but the actual prayers are in English. This week, we’ll focus on the opening prayers, the hymn, the antiphon and psalmody.
You may want to track below as you listen to these first elements.
1. Opening Sentences (in Latin) Prayers Taken from Psalm 40. Followed by “Glory be to the Father”
2. Confession & Absolution (in English) Prayers We begin by confessing our sins to God, and we have the assurance of his forgiveness.
3. Hymn (in Latin ) Hymn A simple tune and text which speaks of God’s protection throughout the night.
To you before the end of light,
Creator of all things, we beg that,
With your usual compassion,
you would be a protector to guard us.
4. Antiphon (in Latin) Psalmody The Antiphon leads us into the proper tune or “Mode” of the psalm.
5. Psalms (in Latin) Psalmody Psalms 4, 91 and 134 have always been the traditional Compline Psalms because of their reference to protection and the night.
(Next week we will look at the 2nd half of Compline)
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:9