Service of Compline for Holy Week

A Celtic Compline for Holy Week 2021

(based on The Aidan Compline)

We begin with silence.

O Christ, Son of the living God,

may your holy angels guard our sleep,

may they watch over us as we rest

and hover around our beds.

Let them reveal to us in our dreams

visions of Your glorious truth,

O High Priest of the universe,

O High Priest of the mysteries.

May no dreams disturb our rest

and no nightmares darken our dreams,

may no fears or worries delay

our willing, prompt repose.

May the virtue of our daily work

hallow our nightly prayers.

May our sleep be deep and soft

so our work be fresh and hard.

I will lie down and sleep in peace

For you alone, Lord,

Make me dwell in safety.

My dear ones, O God, bless Thou and keep,

in every place where they are.


Into Your hands I commit my spirit;

I give it to You with all the love of my heart.

How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God!

How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them,

they would outnumber the grains of sand.

When I awake,

I am still with You.

I make the cross of Christ

upon my breast,

+ over the tablet of

my hard heart,

and I beseech the

Living God of the universe –

may the Light of Lights come

to my dark heart from Thy place;

may the Spirit’s wisdom come

to my heart’s tablet

from my Saviour.


Christ without sin

Christ of wounds,

I am placing my soul and my body

under Thy guarding this night,

Christ of the poor,

Christ of tears,

Thy cross be my shielding this night,

O Thou Son of tears, of the wounds,

of the piercing.

I am going now into sleep:

O be it in Thy dear arm’s keep,

O God of grace, that I shall awake.

Scripture Reading (followed by Silence)

Reflection (followed by Silence)

Prayers (followed by Silence)

My Christ!

My Christ!

My shield,

my encircler,

each day, each night,

each light,

each dark.

My Christ!

My Christ!

My shield,

my encircler,

each day, each night,

each light, each dark.

Be near me,

uphold me,

my treasure,

my triumph.

Circle me, Lord,

keep protection near

and danger afar.

Circle me, Lord,

keep light near

and darkness afar.

Circle me, Lord,

keep peace within;

keep evil out.

The peace of all peace

be mine this night

+ In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

We close in silence