Compline is the last service of the Daily Office typically celebrated by religious orders. All are welcome to join in a service at 8:45 p.m., Thursday, March 7, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes.
Compline consists of psalms, short passages from scripture, an office hymn, a canticle (Nunc Dimittis), a litany, collects and additional prayers, all sung to plainsong chant. In keeping with the earliest practices of the monastic communities, Compline is offered when the work of the day is completed, and the quietness of evening settles over the hearts and minds of those who have come together in thankfulness for the blessings of the day which has passed and in anticipation of God's gift of a new day.
The service lasts about 20 minutes and is sung on the first Thursday of each month by the Choir of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lewes. For more information, call 302-645-8479 or go to www.stpeterslewes.org.