Little Compline

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May be said any night in place of or in conjunction with evening prayers. Especially suitable for Saturday night when combined with either the Canon for Preparation for Holy Communion or the traditional “Three Canons”.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers and mothers, O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Amen.

Glory to you, our God, glory to you.

O heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth, everywhere present and filling all things; Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and abide in us and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O good one.

(From Easter to Pentecost, say rather “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!” 3x)

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal: have mercy on us. (3x)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: both now and for ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

O, Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for your Name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: both now and for ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, in heaven, hallowed be your Name; your kingdom come; your will be done on earth, as in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us; save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.

Lord, have mercy. (12x)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: both now and for ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Come, let us worship God, our King, and bow down before him.
Come, let us worship Christ God, our King, and bow down before him.
Come, let us worship Christ, our King and our God, and bow down before him.

Psalm 50
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your great mercy; according to the abundance of your compassion blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my iniquity and my sin is always before me: against you, you alone, have I sinned, I have done evil before you: that you may be justified in your words and victorious when you are judged. Behold, I was conceived in my iniquities, in sins did my mother crave for me. Behold, you have loved the truth, you have made manifest to me Wisdom’s hidden and secret things. You shall sprinkle me with hyssop and I will be made clean, you shall wash me and I will be made whiter than snow. You shall make me hear joy and gladness, my humbled bones shall rejoice. Turn your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, do not take your Holy Spirit fro me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me by your guiding spirit. I will teach transgressors your ways and the godless shall turn back to you. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall rejoice in your righteousness. O Lord, you shall open my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise. For if you had desired a sacrifice I would have given it, you will not be pleased even with whole burnt sacrifices. A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, a broken and humbled heart God will not count as nothing. Do good in your good pleasure to Zion and may Jerusalem’s wall be built up. Then you shall be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with offering and whole burnt sacrifices, then shall they offer young bulls on your altar.

Psalm 69
O God, give heed to my help, O lord, make haste to help me. May those seeking my soul be ashamed and confounded, may those desiring my hurt be turned back and confused. May they be turned back at once who jeer at my hurt: well done! May all those seeking you rejoice and be glad in you, may those loving your salvation continually say: Let God be magnified. But I am poor and needy, O my God, help me. You are my helper and deliverer, O Lord, do not delay.

Psalm 142
O Lord, hear my prayer, in your truthfulness heed my plea, answer me in your righteousness. Do not judge against your servant for no man living shall be found to be righteous in your sight. For the enemy has tormented my soul, he has laid low my life to the earth, making me dwell in dark places like one who has been long dead, and my spirit has fallen into depression, my heart deeply troubled within me. I remembered the days of old, I meditated on all your works, and deeply on the creations of your hands. I spread out my hands to you my soul thirsts like dry l and for you. Hear me speedily, O Lord, my spirit has forsaken me, turn not your face from me or I shall become like one who goes down into the pit. Grant that I may hear every morning your mercy, for in you I have hoped, and grant me, O Lord, to know the way wherein I should walk, for I have lifted my soul up to you. Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies, for to you have I fled. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God, your good spirit shall guide me into the land of uprightness. For your name’s sake, O Lord, you shall quicken me to life, in your righteousness you shall bring my soul out from these afflictions. In your mercy you shall destroy my enemies, you shall completely unmake all those tormenting my soul, for I am your servant.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: both now and for ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory to you, O God! (3x)

Glory to God in the heights; on earth peace, and among men love and understanding! We sing to you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, and we give you thanks for your great glory. O Lord, king of heaven, God, the Father almighty O only Son, Lord Jesus Christ; and you, O Holy Spirit. O Lord and God, lamb of God, the Father’s Son: you take away the sin of the world, O you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Receive our prayer, O you who sit at the Father’s right, and have mercy on us. For only you are holy, only you are Lord, O Jesus Christ, to the glory of God, the Father. Amen.

Every evening I shall bless you and sing praises to your name forever and unto ages of ages. O Lord, you have been our refuge from generation to generation. I said: Lord, have mercy on me, heal my soul, for I have sinned against you. To you have I fled, teach me to do your will for you are my God. For with you is the fountain of life, in your light we shall see light. O Continue your mercy to those who know you.

Count us worthy, Lord, of passing this night without sin. Blessed are you, Lord, God of our fathers and mothers: Praised and glorified be your name forever. Amen.

Let your mercy descend upon us, Lord, for we place our hope in you. Blessed are you, Lord: teach me your law. Blessed are you, Master: make me to understand your commandments. Blessed are you, Holy One: fill my mind with the wisdom of your decrees. Despise not the work your hands have done; remember, Lord, your mercy is eternal. And eternally do you deserve all our praise, all our songs of glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: now and forever, and unto ages of ages. Amen

We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, born of the Father before all ages: light of light, true God of true God, begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, through whom all things came into being. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven and became incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man: he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried, and rose again on the third day according to the scriptures; and he ascended into heaven and sits at the right of the Father, and he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead; of his kingdom there shall be no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father, who is worshipped and glorified with the Father and the Son, who spoke through the prophets. We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. We confess one baptism for the remission of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come. Amen.

A Canon or Akathist may be sung here:
Precommunion Canon
Akathist of Thanksgiving

How truly right it is to honour your good fortune, O Theotokos, for you are the supremely blessed and blameless mother of our God! You are more honourable than the cherubim, beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim! In virginity you gave birth to God, the word: O you who are truly Theotokos, we extol you!

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal: have mercy on us. (3x)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: both now and for ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

O, Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for your Name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: both now and for ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, in heaven, hallowed be your Name; your kingdom come; your will be done on earth, as in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us; save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.

Sunday Night
O leaders of the hosts of heaven, shield us with the wings of your unearthly glory, and keep us safe from harm. Worthless as we are, we fall before you endlessly entreating you: Rescue us from all affliction, O you who lead the powers of heaven.
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Monday night
Praise goes well with every just man’s memory, but for you the witness of the Lord is more than enough. Of all the prophets, you are indeed the greatest, for while they could but foretell his coming, you were chosen to baptize him in the Jordan. Truth has cost you much, O John, the baptist, but joy has also filled your heart, for even those long dead were graced to hear your words: God has taken flesh to save the world from sin, and grant us his great mercy.
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Tuesday night
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Give victory to those who battle evil, and with your cross protect us all.
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Wednesday night
O you holy apostles, entreat our merciful God to grant our souls the remission of sins.
O Nicholas, holy hierarch, your flock has recognized you by the brilliance of your works. You are a model of kindness and rule of faith, a teacher of self-control. Your lowliness has raised you to the heights of fame, and your poverty has filled your hands with riches. Beg Christ, our God, to save our souls.
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Thursday night
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Give victory to those who battle evil, and with your cross protect us all.
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Friday night
All you apostles and martyrs, you prophets and hierarchs, monks and nuns and holy men and women of all times: Valiantly have you fought, persevering in the faith. For this, the Lord is sure to hear your prayers. Remind him of his loving kindness, and beg him to save our souls.
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Saturday Night – Tone 1
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, and while soldiers were guarding your spotless Body, you rose, O Saviour, on the third day, giving life to the world; and therefore the heavenly Powers cried out to you, Giver of life: Glory to your Resurrection, O Christ, glory to your Kingdom, glory to your Dispensation, only lover of mankind.
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Saturday Night – Tone 2
When you went down to death, O immortal Life, then you slew Hell with the lightning flash of your Godhead; but when from the depths below the earth you raised the dead, all the Powers in the heavens cried out, Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to you!’
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Saturday Night – Tone 3
Let everything in heaven rejoice, let everything on earth be glad, for the Lord has shown strength with his arm; by death he has trampled on death; he has become the first-born of the dead; from the bowels of Hades he has delivered us; and granted the world his great mercy.
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Saturday Night – Tone 4
When the women Disciples of the Lord learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and cast away the ancestral sentence, triumphantly they said to the Apostles: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting the world his great mercy.
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Saturday Night – Tone 5
Let us believers praise and worship the Word who like the with Father and with Spirit is without beginning, born from a Virgin for our salvation; for he was well pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh and undergo death, and to raise those who had died, by his glorious Resurrection.
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Saturday Night – Tone 6
Angelic powers were at your grave, and those who guarded it became as dead, and Mary stood by the tomb, seeking your most pure Body; you despoiled Hell, and emerged unscathed; you met the Virgin and granted life. Lord, risen from the dead, glory to you!
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Saturday Night – Tone 7
You abolished death by your Cross, you opened Paradise to the Thief, you transformed the Myrrhbearers’ lament and ordered your Apostles to proclaim: that you had risen, O Christ God, granting the world your great mercy.
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Saturday Night – Tone 8
You came down from on high, O Compassionate, you accepted burial for three days, that you might free us from the passions. Our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory to you.
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And Each Night:
God of our fathers and mothers, who always deal with us in your forbearance, do not withdraw your pity from us, but at their intercessions guide our life in peace.

Your Church, clothed throughout the world as in purple and fine linen with the blood of your Martyrs, cries out to you through them: Christ, our God, send down your mercy on your people; give peace to your city and to our souls your great mercy.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

With the Saints, O Christ, give rest to the souls of your servants, where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life without end.

Now and Ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Through the intercession of all the Saints and of the Mother of God, give us your peace, Lord, and have mercy on us, for you alone are merciful.

Lord, have mercy (40x).

O good God, so very rich in patience and mercy, who are adored and praised at all times and at every moment in heaven and on earth! You love the just and spare the sinner, inviting all to salvation with the promise of the good things to come! O Lord, accept our prayer at this time, and direct our lives according to your commandments. Sanctify our souls and bodies. Set straight our reasoning, purify and sober our understanding, and deliver us from every affliction, from every evil and illness. Surround us with your holy angels as with a rampart, that, guided and protected by their defense, we may reach unity in faith and the knowledge of your inaccessible glory. For blessed are you unto ages of ages. Amen.

Glory to you, O Jesus Christ, Our God and Our Hope, Glory to you.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: both now and for ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Most Holy Theotokos Save us!

You are more honourable than the cherubim, beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim! In virginity you gave birth to God, the word: O you who are truly Theotokos, we extol you!

Lord, have mercy (3x).

O Lord, Bless!

May God take pity on us and bless us, and show the light of his countenance on us and have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy (12x).

Save, help and protect us, All-holy Virgin.

O chaste and spotless Lady never touched by blame or corruption or defilement, O bride of the most high himself! Your brought forth the word of God into this world in a marvelous and mysterious way, thus uniting him to us and joining our nature to the divine! You are the only hope of those who have no hope, always ready to come to the aid of every Christian who seeks refuge in you. Though I have often defiled myself with all sorts of impurities – thoughts, words, and deeds – though slothfulness has enslaved me to lust, though I often find myself weighted down by despair and depression, do not despise me. As the mother of God, your heart is filled with love and compassion for all mankind. Therefore, pity me in spite of my sinfulness accept this prayer from these impure lips of mine. With the boldness that only a mother could manifest, implore your son, our Lord and God, to show me his deep and tender mercy. Entreat him not to regard the numberless times I have fallen, but to lead me to true repentance, that, as his friend and follower, I may always be conscious of his precepts and ever ready to observe them. And you, sweet Lady, in your graciousness, stay with me. Take my part at all times. Enable me to repel all temptations, to achieve my eternal salvation. At the moment of my death, embrace and comfort my sorry soul, and drive off the terrifying specters of the evil one. On that awesome day of judgement, save me from everlasting punishment; reveal me as a true heir of that ineffable glory which your Son has promised in his grace and love. To him, to his eternal Father, and to his all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit be all glory, honor and worship: now and forever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

As we prepare for bed, master, we ask for rest of body and soul, for gentle, peaceful sleep free of all nightmares and temptations, free of all disturbing dreams. Arrest the assaults of the powers of darkness, and calm the interior commotions of mind and body. Fill us with your peace, that we may not be overcome by the restless fantasies of our imagination. Make our minds aware and alert, quick to discern right and wrong, ever ready and able to foster thoughts conducive to spiritual living. When the time for prayer comes, raise us from bed, and inspire us with strength and determination. Keep us always conscious of your commandments, aware of how you wish us to live, that we may ever sing your glory, praising, blessing and extolling that magnificent name of yours, which deserves all honour, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: now and forever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(Evening Practice may be done here – starting with the three troparia after the Our Father – in place of all that follows.)

O all-glorious and ever-virgin mother of Christ, our God: Take our prayers to your divine Son, that, for your sake, he will save our souls.

The Father is my hope; the Son is my refuge; the Holy Spirit is my protector: All-holy Trinity, glory to you!

I place all my trust in you, O mother of God; place the veil of your motherly protection over me, your humble and unworthy servant.

In you, O full of grace, all creation rejoices: The hierarchies of angels and all the generations of humankind. O hallowed temple and immaterial paradise, O glory of virgin souls. From you our eternal God took flesh and became a child, and, by making your womb his throne, he made you more spacious than all the heavens. In you, O full of grace, all creation rejoices: Glory to you.

Holy Angel, overseer of my wretched soul and miserable life, do not abandon me a sinner, do not desert me because of my inconstancy; leave no place for the evil demon to obtain dominion over me by gaining control of this mortal body; strengthen my wretched and feeble hand, and guide me into the way of salvation. Yes, Holy Angel of God, guardian and protector of my wretched soul and body, pardon me all the things by which I have distressed you all the days of my life, and whatever sins I have committed to-day; shelter me in the coming night and protect me from every abuse of the adversary, that I may not anger my God by any sin; and intercede for me to the Lord, to strengthen me in his fear, and show me to be a worthy servant of his goodness. Amen.

To you, victorious Lady, we, your servants, inscribe this hymn of thanks, for you have rescued us from tribulation. With your power that never fails, preserve us our whole life long from every evil, that we may ever sing: hail to you, O bride and maiden undefiled!

Rejoice O Virgin Theotokos, Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you have given birth to the Saviour of our souls (3x).

Glory to you, O Jesus Christ, Our God and Our Hope, Glory to you.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: both now and for ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Most Holy Theotokos Save us!

You are more honourable than the cherubim, beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim! In virginity you gave birth to God, the word: O you who are truly Theotokos, we extol you!

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Lord, bless!

O Jesus Christ, Our God, through the prayers of our holy fathers and mothers have mercy upon us. Amen.

Let us pray for the peace of the world!

Lord Jesus, be mindful of your holy church throughout the world, for you paid for her with your own most precious blood. Confirm her and strengthen her, and lead everyone to her bosom. Fill her with peace and never let her fail before the powers of darkness.

Be mindful of our fathers, the bishops of the whole world; remember all the clergy, monks and nuns everywhere, and all your people. Be mindful especially of my brothers and sisters here, and of all our relatives and friends, living and departed.

Finally, remember all mankind: The young and the old, the poor and oppressed, the weak and the sick, and all those who carry responsibility of any kind. Remember our superiors and especially my spiritual father. In your love for us, grant us wisdom and understanding and all the strength we need to live in a way that pleases you.

The beauty of your virginity and the brilliance of your purity filled Gabriel with amazement, and so he exclaimed to you, O Theotokos: How can I praise you worthily? How can I address you properly? Wonder and amazement leave me speechless. Therefore, let me simply greet you as I was directed: Hail to you, O full o grace divine.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers and mothers, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy on us. Amen.