Compline Thursday 21st May 2020

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The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘completion’ (completorium).

It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. It is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without additions, conversation or noise. If there is an address, or business to be done, it should come first. If the service is in church, those present depart in silence; if at home, they go quietly to bed.