For centuries communities of consecrated men and women have ordered their daily lives by gathering at designated times of the day for prayer, the reading of scripture, and the ordered recitation or singing of psalms and hymns known as The Liturgy of the Hours.
In the English Reformation Vespers and Compline were consolidated to form Evensong. The present day renewal of Compline began in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries as a result of interest in pre-Reformation worship practices and spirituality. The movement also restored the Eucharist as the central act of worship in the spiritual life of the church.
Compline is a contemplative office and places its emphasis on spiritual peace. It takes its name from the Latin word “completorium,” meaning completion, as it marks the completion of the working day through its focus on preparing the body for temporal rest as well as preparing the soul for its passage to eternal life. In many monasteries it is the custom to begin “The Great Silence,” an act by which the entire community, including guests, observes silence until the morning as a discipline to still the body, mind, and spirit.
Compline is a volunteer option for young adults and adults participating in the course.
Compline is rehearsed for an hour in the afternoons, Tuesday-Saturday during the week of the course.
Schola Compline choir will host Compline on Tuesday night.
TB Compline choir will host Compline on Wednesday night.
SA Compline choir will host Compline on Thursday night.
SATB Compline choir will host a conjoined Compline on Saturday night.
The Order of Compline and music, will be provided for all who wish to participate.
If you have any remaining questions, please reach out to Tom Sheehan.