St. Mary's AI, Glencairn

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


Track: Eastertide Compline
Artist: The Cistercian Nuns of St Mary's Abbey, Glencairn
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The use of harmony in both hymn and psalmody in the office of Compline during Eastertide (Octave and Sundays) brings a special character to this hour of prayer during the highpoint of the Church’s liturgical year, departing from the usual liturgical simplicity of the Cistercian tradition. As day ends we turn to God once more before sleep to ask for God’s mercy and blessing through the night, renewing our trust in our loving creator and Risen Lord now and always. Compline comes to a close with a final procession from the church after the Salve Regina where the Abbess blesses every member of the community with holy water, praying for all as night descends.

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.


Day is done but love unfailing dwells ever here,
Shadows fall but hope prevailing calms every fear.
Loving father, none forsaking, take our hearts of love’s own making,
Watch our sleeping, guard our waking, be always near.

Dark descends but light unending shines through our night,
You are with us ever lending new strength to sight.
One in love, your truth confessing, one in hope of heaven’s blessing,
May we see in love’s possessing, love’s endless light.

Eyes will close but you unsleeping watch by our side,
Death may come in love’s safe keeping still we abide.
God of love all evil quelling, sin forgiving, fear dispelling,
Stay with us our hearts indwelling, this eventide.


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

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

“They called them in and gave them a warning on no account to make statements or to teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John retorted: you must judge whether in God’s eyes it is right to listen to you and not to God. We cannot promise to stop proclaiming what we have seen and heard. The court repeated the warnings and then released them. They could not think of any way to punish them since all the people were giving glory to God for what had happened.”

Short Responsory

V/ This day was made by the Lord, Alleluia
R/ Let us rejoice and be glad, alleluia

Nunc Dimittis


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.


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.


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

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father
Who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil

Concluding prayer

Let us pray:

God of light, we commit to you this evening
The joys and sorrows, the hopes and disappointments of this week,
Prepare us now to celebrate the day of the risen Christ
By turning our hearts and our minds to his victory
for he is our victor forever and ever.

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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