10 August 2005

Prayer at the Close of the Day

We're doing a new thing in our parish. After the Wednesday night Bible Study, we're inviting any who wish to come upstairs to the nave and pray Compline, the Church's Prayer at the Close of the Day. This stunning prayer office, written by St. Benedict of Nursia, is the perfect: "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" prayer to cap off the day. Today I think we had 10 or 11 people come upstairs and join in this ancient office. I am more convinced than ever that our people HUNGER for prayer and the disciplined life of prayer that the Church's Daily Offices offer. "Guide us, waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace..."

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