Compline is the last of the seven “offices”/times of prayer traditionally employed by monastic communities. The name derives from the Latin completorium—or completion of the working day. As such, compline constitutes “bedtime prayers.” It tends to be a contemplative experience that emphasizes spiritual peace. In many convents and monasteries it is the custom to begin the “great silence” after Compline—during which the whole community, including guests, observes silence throughout the night until the morning service the next day.
Our offering of Compline seeks to keep this contemplative spirit. We encourage you to permit your spirit’s presence to “float with the choir’s chanting” - hopefully inviting God’s peace and calming presence to enter more deeply into your inner being.