For a little over a year, Preachingfriars.org, the preaching apostolate of the Dominican Studium in St. Louis, Missouri (for the Provinces of St. Albert the Great, USA and St. Martin de Porres, USA) have been developing a smart phone application called “Dominican Compline.”
The app allows users to listen as the friars chant compline, and it presents the text and music so that they may follow along and pray with us. It features a setting of Compline in English that was produced by Frs. David Wright, O.P. and James-Peter Trares, O.P.
This setting presents Compline in English as envisaged by the Liturgia horarum (1971) and as enriched by the proper Dominican elements proposed in the Supplement of 1982. These elements are not simply additional texts; often the plainsong melody is the proper Dominican element.
The app is now available on both the App Store (for iOS devices) and the Google Play Store (for android devices), and it can be downloaded for free. I invite you to download it by visiting our website. I would also encourage you to share this link with members of the Dominican Family, as well as anyone else whom you think may benefit from it. Our hope in producing the app is to enrich people’s prayer lives by giving them a taste of Dominicans praying.
The app is far from complete. The new Compline setting includes many proper elements depending upon the liturgical season. It also includes proper elements for various feasts and solemnities that are unique to the Dominicans. We anticipate rolling these out as soon as the student brothers are able to record them.