Wednesday’s Compline from the Northumbria Community

A prayer from the Northumbria Community, a community committed to a “new monasticism” of exploring a new way for living Christianity. They are a community committed to a contemplative stream of faith, and the perennial need to make faith relevant to the world. The following prayer is the Compline (pronounced Komplin) prayer office that is prayed at the end of the evening before retiring.

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Calm me, O Lord, as You stilled the storm.

Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.

Let all the tumult within me cease.

Enfold me, Lord, in Your peace.

Father, bless the work that is done,
and the work that is to be.

Father, bless the servant that I am,
and the servant that I will be.

Thou Lord and God of power,
shield and sustain me this night.

I will lie down this night with God,

and God will lie down with me;

I will lie down this night with Christ,

and Christ will lie down with me;

I will lie down this night with the Spirit,

and the Spirit will lie down with me;

God and Christ and the Spirit,

be lying down with me.

The peace of God
be over me to shelter me,

under me to uphold me,

about me to protect me,

behind me to direct me,

ever with me to save me.

The peace of all peace

be mine this night

in the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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Praying with Charles de Foucald

Father,

I abandon myself  into your hands;

do with me what you will.

Whatever you may do, I thank you;

I am ready to accept all.

Let only your will be done in me,

and in all your creatures.

I wish no more than this,

O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul;

I offer it to you with all the love

of my heart,

for I love you, Lord,

and so need to give myself,

to surrender myself into your hands,

without reserve

and with boundless confidence.

For you are my Father

Published in: on March 10, 2009 at 4:52 pm  Leave a Comment