Compline Service Oct 9, 2016

 
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In the shimmering candlelit sanctuary of Trinity Church in the City of Boston, participants in our weekly Compline service experience the sacred through deep listening, meditative silence, and the ravishing beauty of song. Tracing its roots to the 7th Century Rule of St. Benedict, Compline is the brief final service in the monastic cycle of daily prayers. Coming from the Latin for "to complete," Compline provides a prayerful way to close the day and to seek a peaceful night. We provide this worship service as a podcast so that some of this peace and beauty might reach you wherever you are. Whether you're listening from your couch by candlelight, or on the commute home, we hope you'll find this broadcast to be a source of tranquility and spiritual sustenance. And as you are able, we would love for you to join us in person, every Sunday at 8 p.m. at Trinity Church Boston. For more information, visit trinitychurchboston.org/worship-and-music.
Psalm 146
Praise the Lord!
 Praise the Lord, O my soul! 
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
 I will sing praises to my God all my life long. 
 
Do not put your trust in princes,
 in mortals, in whom there is no help. 
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
 on that very day their plans perish. 
 
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
 whose hope is in the Lord their God, 
who made heaven and earth,
 the sea, and all that is in them;
 who keeps faith for ever; 
 who executes justice for the oppressed;
 who gives food to the hungry. 
 
The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
 The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
 the Lord loves the righteous. 
The Lord watches over the strangers;
 he upholds the orphan and the widow,
 but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. 
 
The Lord will reign for ever,
 your God, O Zion, for all generations. 
Praise the Lord!
Jeremiah 29
These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. This was after King Jeconiah, and the queen mother, the court officials, the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the artisans, and the smiths had departed from Jerusalem. The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom King Zedekiah of Judah sent to Babylon to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. It said: Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

Oh God, The Maker of All Things

Composer:
William Mundy

Nunc Dimittis

Composer:
Josqin des Prez