St. Mary's AI, Glencairn

St. Mary's Abbey, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland

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The office of Compline marks the end of our monastic day in Glencairn and is chanted by the community in choir without the use of books. The Psalmody for Compline expresses, above all, our trust and confidence in God as the dark of night descends and that the light of Christ continues to shine out as the supreme source of joy in our lives.





V/ O God, come to our aid.
R/ O Lord, make haste to help us.


Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.



Hymn

O Son of justice you who came
A burning, shining light
To hunger more is now our food
We seek you Lord, 'tis night

This waiting, weary world is long
But evening tempers noon
Rouse us, eternal wakefulness
For you we watch, come soon

O Saviour, speak in us our prayer
O Father, hear your Son
Kind Spirit, sigh and plead in us
'Til we, at length, are one

Amen





Psalmody

Psalm 4

When I call, answer me, O God of justice;
from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!

You rebels, how long will your hearts be closed,
will you love what is futile and seek what is false?

It is the Lord who grants favours to those whom he loves;
the Lord hears me whenever I call him.

Fear him; do not sin: ponder on your bed and be still.
Make justice your sacrifice and trust in the Lord.

What can bring us happiness?’ many say.
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

You have put into my heart a greater joy
than they have from abundance of corn and new wine.

I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once
for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Give praise to the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit
both now and for ages unending. Amen.




Psalm 90

Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High
and abide in the shade of the Almighty
say to the Lord: ‘My Refuge,
my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!’

It is he who will free you from the snare
of the fowler who seeks to destroy you;
he will conceal you with his pinions
and under his wings you will find refuge.

You will not fear the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the plague that prowls in the darkness
nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.

A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand fall at your right,
you, it will never approach;
his faithfulness is buckler and shield.

Your eyes have only to look
to see how the wicked are repaid,
you who have said: ‘Lord, my refuge!’
and have made the Most High your dwelling.

Upon you no evil shall fall,
no plague approach where you dwell.
For you has he commanded his angels,
to keep you in all your ways.

They shall bear you upon their hands
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
On the lion and the viper you will tread
and trample the young lion and the dragon.

You set your love on me so I will save you,
protect you for you know my name.
When you call I shall answer: ‘I am with you,’
I will save you in distress and give you glory.
With length of days I will content you;
I shall let you see my saving power.

Give praise to the Father Almighty,
to his Son, Jesus Christ the Lord,
to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,
both now and for ever. Amen.




Psalm 133

O come, bless the Lord,
all you who serve the Lord,

who stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.

Lift up your hands to the holy place
and bless the Lord through the night.

May the Lord bless you from Zion,
he who made both heaven and earth.

To the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit
give praise for ever. Amen.




Scripture reading



Short responsory

V/ Lord, guard us as the apple of your eye
R/ Hide us in the shadow of your wings



Nunc Dimittis

Antiphon:
Save us, O Lord, while we are awake;
guard us, O Lord, while we sleep,
that we may keep vigil with Christ,
that we may rest in peace.

At last, all-powerful Master,
you give leave to your servant
to go in peace
according to your promise.

For my eyes have seen your salvation
which you have prepared for all nations,
the light to enlighten the Gentiles
and give glory to Israel, your people.

Give praise to the Father Almighty,
to his Son, Jesus Christ the Lord,
to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts,
both now and for ever. Amen.

Antiphon:
Save us, O Lord, while we are awake;
guard us, O Lord, while we sleep,
that we may keep vigil with Christ,
that we may rest in peace.



Litany
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.



The Lord’s Prayer




Concluding prayer




Final blessing




Salve Regina

Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae;
Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exules filii Hevae
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
In hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
Misericordia oculos ad nos converte:
Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
Nobis post hoc exilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

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