Where: Okeford Fitzpaine Church
WHAT TO EXPECT
This is an ancient night service which lasts about 10-15 minutes. It is a said service with prayers, psalms, Bible verses, and silence. A lovely way to end the day.
The service of Compline or Night prayer is over a thousand years old. Its beginning in shrouded in history; How old is the urge to pray in the gathering darkness? How old is the fear of night, the fear that dark will not always be followed by day?
The early Christian Church established a daily cycle of prayer called the Hours with eight Hours marking the day from dawn to dusk. St. Benedict called the final hour of the day Compline, from the Latin complere: to complete.
With the Reformation and the dissolution of the monasteries the tradition of keeping the Hours was lost. The Book of Common Prayer collapsed the eight Hours into two: Matins in the morning, Evensong at sunset and Compline was lost.
Compline has been rediscovered as a point of calm in a hectic week and as a nightcap for the soul.Minister: Rev Lydia Cook