Candlelight Compline

Compline is the final prayer time or “office” observed in monastic and liturgical church traditions. As many as seven such offices comprise the daily schedule of some monastic practices, spread throughout the day from the very early morning Vigils through to Compline, or Prayer at the Close of the Day. The Anglican tradition keeps alive Morning Prayer, Mid-Day Prayer and Compline in the Book of Common Prayer. The office of Compline as practiced at the Church of the Good Samaritan invites the congregation to let the chanting and prayers of a small singing group wash over them in the darkened church illuminated only by candle and low lighting. A brief period of personal prayer time is included with congregants invited to light beeswax tapers at icons placed in the front of the church. A quiet organ postlude often concludes Compline. All are welcome to this quiet, contemplative prayer time.