Compline is another name for Night Prayer. The word comes from a Latin word meaning “completion.” This short service is the completion of the day. Unlike Morning and Evening Prayer, which vary significantly day-to-day, Compline is relatively invariable. It could theoretically be prayed in the dark from memory. The service focuses on quiet and rest, and the texts ask God for protection through the night.
This service is part of our three-day series dedicated to the toll of COVID-19, Lamentation, Thanksgiving, and Hope. Together, we will mourn the dead and honor those who have cared for the sick through three days of worship services, art installations, and public events at the Cathedral. For more information and the full lineup of services planned in this series, see here.