The Service of Compline
Since October of 2002, the choir of St. Paul’s has sung Compline on the fourth Sunday of every month at eight o'clock in the evening. The transcendent quality of the Gregorian Chant, along with the beauty of St. Paul's Church bathed in candlelight, has made the service an oasis of peace in the lives of those who attend, both Christians and Non-Christians.
The ancient office of Compline derives its name from the Latin word meaning “to complete” (complere). Originally the last of the daily offices celebrated by monastic communities, it eventually found a place in local liturgical settings. Compline consists of psalms, short passages from scripture, a hymn, a canticle (Nunc Dimittis), a litany, collects, and additional prayers, including a Marian hymn.
Compline is offered when the work of the day is finished. Gregorian chant, polyphony of Byrd, Tallis, Victoria, is sung by St. Paul's Choir. There is no sermon. Silence before, during and following this service allows time to pray, reflect, and grow in communion with God, in this candlelit sacred place.
The candles are lit at 7:50pm and the church remains open for a half hour after the service ends (usually around 8:40pm).
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