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The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘completion’ (completorium). It is an ancient service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. Its distinctive character comes from the time of day and is said at dusk or by candlelight.


It is the last of the four services in the Daily Office and can be found in the Book of Common Prayer on page 127*. (Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer and Evening Prayer are the other three services in the Daily Office.) It is descended from the night prayers said before bed at the end of the monastic round of daily prayer. Compline is a simple office of prayer and readings to conclude the day and enter into a restful night.

*You can find the Book of Common Prayer online at

You can participate in Compline Prayer Mon-Sat via Facebook Live through Lent with Deacon Mary on our Grace Episcopal Church Page.

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