St. George's Episcopal Church, Schenectady, NY * St. George's Episcopal Church, Schenectady, NY

Compline

 

Compline


Compline is sung at St. George’s on Tuesday nights at 8:55pm in The Lady Chapel. This office has been sung in monasteries just before bedtime for hundreds of years.  It is the last of the seven “day hours”--short prayer services which are sung throughout the day.  Taken together, these “hours” are called the “daily office.”  In the Anglican Communion, Morning and Evening Prayer are condensed versions of four of these older day hours.  Compline as a separate service was added to the American Book of Common Prayer in 1976.  The monastic version of compline which the choir sings each week after rehearsal is the older monastic version which differs slightly from that in the prayer book and which is the same throughout the year.  That is, the texts and music do not change according to the liturgical season, except for the devotion to the Virgin Mary, which is sung at the end of the office.
Rembert Herbert