From the ancient monastic practice of ending the day in prayer and praise of God, a Compline service is held every Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. This stunningly beautiful candlelit service features a small group of singers, "Sanctuary," offering Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony.
The service was inaugurated in September 2010 and continues weekly throughout the year.
The word "Compline" is from the same root as the word "complete." As the last service of the day, it is the completion of our worship of God until the next morning, when we pray, "O Lord, open thou our lips." In monastic communities, Compline is the beginning of silence lasting until the morning.
All are welcome at this service, and we encourage you to make yourself comfortable when attending it--perhaps even lie down in a pew and enjoy the beautiful sounds and stillness.
Compline can be found on page 127 of The Book of Common Prayer. While this simple service is spoken in many churches, homes, and other settings, our Sunday evening service is sung by the choir. A downloadable PDF of the texts sung at Compline is available here. Recordings of recent services are here.
To see what Sanctuary will sing during Compline in the coming weeks, follow this link.
Sanctuary--The Compline CD
In response to numerous requests for a CD of Sanctuary singing pieces from the Compline service, Sanctuary produced a CD in 2012. Each CD includes complete texts and translations. CDs cost $15 each and may be purchased at our bookshop in the parish office during office hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday).
CDs and MP3 files are available from Amazon.com and CDBaby.