Join us for Compline on Wednesday Evenings
Wednesdays at 7 pm
Bluestone patio behind the Church
Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.
This is the antiphon that frames the Song of Simeon at the close of Compline in the Book of Common Prayer. If you have only spent time with the Book of Common Prayer on Sundays, you might have missed this service. Part of the Daily Office, it’s the last moment of prayer at the end of the day. Its name comes from the Latin completorium, or “completion,” for completing the day. It is a moment to pause in prayer to recognize the day that has passed and the night to come.
In this season of physical distancing St. John’s is beginning to gather again outside. One of those services, the 8 am Sunday Morning Prayer, is familiar. The 7 pm Wednesday Compline is new. If you haven’t prayed Compline before, I invite you to consider joining us on the blue stone patio behind the church to mark the close of day.