22 October 2008

I ask again...

...what IS it about a bunch of Christians, standing in a darkened chancel, and singing Compline before going home for the night that is such a big "YES!" Every time we sing the whole service, something inside affirms: "This is the way a day was meant to end. Every day!"

9 comments:

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

Almost as cool is that I was singing LSB Compline with my kids this evening. So it was kind of a communion-of-the-saints thing. :)

Scott Diekmann said...

It is the way every day is meant to end. A group of Christians gathered together hearing the Word spoken, their sins forgiven, speaking and singing that Gospel back. Together with angels and archangels, praising God for His marvelous gifts. Closing the day with faith resting in the power of God.

Christine said...

I'm glad Lutherans have once again made this beautiful prayer a part of their lives. I wish a wider spectrum of Christians did.

Compline has, of course, been sung in the monasteries for centuries. For those Christians who have rediscovered the Divine Office it is again being sung by the laity individually or communally.

Mike Keith said...

We did the same here last night. The group that gathers for weekly Bible study on Wednesday evenings always ends their evening with me leading them through Compline. Unfortunately we have not got to the point of singing it.

Anonymous said...

Good thing LSB didn't ruin Compline like they did Evening Prayer.

Scott Larkins said...

Monkery!....;)

Cindy Ramos said...

Our church does Compline once a month. It's a beautiful service, and I wish we did it much more often.

William Weedon said...

Anon,

How did LSB ruin Evening Prayer? I think that is a beautiful setting.

Mike,

Oh, wait till you guys start singing it - then it REALLY shines. Those old tones are stunning.

Cindy,

That's great - once a month is probably way more than most parishes get to experience it!

Anonymous said...

the Magnificat in Evening Prayer stinks!