Debussy’s stunning “Clair de Lune” begins this Sunday evening’s compline service, followed by the congregation speaking the words, “The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.”
And if that isn’t the perfect beginning to a service, you should hear what’s next.
Some of the most gorgeous and lush choral music will be offered Sunday evening, each with words that allude to a peaceful night, dissipating light, and gratitude. Cellist Barry Sills will accompany Adoramus, along with Peyton Gajurel on oboe, and Peggy Graff on the piano, while Casey Langley Orr leads our liturgy and prayers. The service, almost as old as the Christian faith, has been used for hundreds of years at the completion of the day, and is designed to remind you to give thanks and to sleep in peace. And our version, on this 21st century night, will do just that.
So come . . . be a part of something old and rich, musical and meaningful. The service is in the chapel and begins at 7:00 pm.
What is Compline?
The word Compline comes from the Latin word that means complete — it is the final service (some use the term office) of the Liturgy of the Hours. Throughout history, Christians have kept this practice of pausing at various times of the day to remember, give thanks, and sing. The Liturgy of the Hours begins with Matins at midnight, then Laud at dawn, followed by Prime at 7:00 am, and then Terce at 9:00 am, and so on. There are 8 total services, finishing with Compline.