Compline with the Celts

* My Christ! my Christ!
my shield, my encircler,
each day, each night,
each light, each dark.

* My Christ! my Christ!
my shield, my encircler,
each day, each night,
each light, each dark.
Be near me, uphold me,
my treasure, my triumph.

Circle me, Lord,
keep protection near
and danger afar.

* Circle me, Lord,
keep light near
and darkness afar.

* Circle me, Lord,
keep peace within;
keep evil out.

The peace of all peace
be mine this night
+ in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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  • I have sought opportunities to locate Protestant churches with Compline services. They are too few but are simply delicious. I enjoy those moments in guided prayer and simple presence before the Lord without the church trying to do something to me. Prayers such as these give my soul what it longs to say to the Lord, much as musicians and poets give me necessary words to get to where my soul wants to go. As Annie Dillard writes, “I often think of the set pieces of the liturgy as certan words which people have successfully addressed to God without their getting killed.”

  • Great stuff Scot, where’s it from?

    By the way I am leading a Matins service on Campus three times a week if you ever feel like stopping by here’s the info:

    http://www.theorant.com/p/matins.html