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Wednesday 24 February 2021
During Lent our compline is based on the Iona Ita Compline:
Ita was an abbess of a women’s community at Killeedy, County Limerick, in Ireland; she ran a school for boys, teaching:
faith in God with purity of heart;
simplicity of life with religion;
generosity with love.
Brendan was schooled by her and thought of her as his foster mother and adviser.
This Compline is named after her because it emphasises examination of the heart and prayers of care and protection for those who cross our paths.
We meet together in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
The Sacred Three
and every night.
O Shelter Me
7 Blessed be the Lord, •
for he has heard the voice of my prayer.
8 The Lord is my strength and my shield; •
my heart has trusted in him and I am helped;
9 Therefore my heart dances for joy •
and in my song will I praise him.
10 The Lord is the strength of his people, •
a safe refuge for his anointed.
11 Save your people and bless your inheritance; •
shepherd them and carry them for ever.
Search me O God, and know my heart.
Test me and know my thoughts.
*See if there is any wicked way in me
and lead me to the way everlasting.
O Father, O Son, O Holy Spirit,
forgive us our wrongdoing.
O only-begotten Son of the heavenly Father,
O God who is one
who is true,
who is first,
O God only mighty,
In three Persons, truly merciful, O God,
O God of life this night,
O darken not to me your light.
O God of life this night,
close not your gladness to my sight.
1 John 4
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.
For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
O God our help in ages past
Keep your people, Lord,
in the arms of your embrace.
Shelter them under Your wings.
Be their light in darkness.
Be their hope in distress.
Be their calm in anxiety.
Be their strength in their weakness.
Be their comfort in pain.
Be their song in the night.
In peace will I lie down,
for it is You, O Lord,
You alone who make me rest secure.
Be it on Your own beloved arm,
O God of grace,
that I in peace shall awake.
Creator of the stars of night
Be the peace of the Spirit ours this night.
Be the peace of the Son ours this night.
Be the peace of the Father ours this night.
The peace of all peace be ours this night
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen